Operative

Definition of Operative

Op´er`a`tive
a.1.Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive; operative laws.
It holds in all operative principles.
- South.
2.Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; effective; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty.
3.(Surg.) Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery.
n.1.A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory.
2.One who acts as an agent of another, especially a detective or spy.

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