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Definition of Operative


  1. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive.
  2. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty.
  3. Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery.
  4. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory.

Operative Quotations

This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative.
Ron Ziegler

I know that some books and some writers, you can pretty much draw a square around it and say, 'Nobody under 40,' or 'Nobody under 25.' With my books, it always has been, and continues to be, spread right across the board, and I think the operative term is 'reader.'
Margaret Atwood

Assange is not a 'journalist' any more than the 'editor' of al-Qaeda's new English-language magazine 'Inspire' is a 'journalist.' He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.
Sarah Palin

The employee is regarded by the employer merely in the light of his value as an operative. His productive capacity alone is taken into account.
Leland Stanford

Death is the operative device that sets us free in Christ - when we die, we truly live.
Tullian Tchividjian
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Operative Translations

operative in Afrikaans is werker
operative in Danish is arbejder
operative in Dutch is arbeider, werkman, werker, werkkracht
operative in French is ouvrier
operative in Portuguese is obreiro, operativo
operative in Spanish is operativo, obrero

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