Operative meaning

ŏpər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rātĭv, ŏprə-
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Being in effect; having force; operating.
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Functioning effectively; efficient.
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Engaged in or concerned with physical or mechanical activity.
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Significant; most important; key.

The operative word is “low-fat.”

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A skilled worker, especially in industry.
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One who works for a political organization, often wielding influence out of public view.
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Capable of, characterized by, or in operation.
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Connected with physical work or mechanical action.
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(surgery) Of or resulting from a surgical operation.
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A worker, esp. one skilled in industrial work.
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A detective or spy.
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Relating to or resulting from a surgical operation.
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Functioning effectively; efficient.
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Description of words in a document that bring about the result of transaction.
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He's usually in a good mood "” the operative word there being "usually". Today was a disaster.

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Functional, in working order.
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Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects.

An operative motive.

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Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious.

An operative dose, rule, or penalty.

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Based upon, or consisting of, a surgical operation or operations.

Operative surgery.

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An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.
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A spy, secret agent, or detective.
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A participant of an operation.
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The definition of operative is in force, functioning or having control, or refers to something that has the most significance or the greatest importance.

When a new solar-powered car is now functioning and runs successfully, this is an example of a situation where the car is operative.

When a law is in place banning watering your lawn, this is an example of a time when the water ban is operative.

When you want to emphasize that someone is really very wealthy, this is an example of a situation where you might say "the operative word is rich."

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Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation.
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