Associations to the word «Operative»


OPERATIVE, adjective. Effectual or important.
OPERATIVE, adjective. Functional, in working order.
OPERATIVE, adjective. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects.
OPERATIVE, adjective. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious.
OPERATIVE, adjective. Based upon, or consisting of, a surgical operation or operations.
OPERATIVE, noun. An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.
OPERATIVE, noun. A spy, secret agent, or detective.
OPERATIVE, noun. A participant of an operation.
OPERATIVE CLAUSE, noun. (legal) A clause (of a judgment, order, resolution, etc.) which requires anything to be done or not to be done.
OPERATIVE WORD, noun. The key word in a sentence.
OPERATIVE WORDS, noun. Plural of operative word

Dictionary definition

OPERATIVE, noun. A person secretly employed in espionage for a government.
OPERATIVE, noun. Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information.
OPERATIVE, adjective. Being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system".
OPERATIVE, adjective. Relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry".
OPERATIVE, adjective. Effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word".
OPERATIVE, adjective. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes".

Wise words

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn