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  Definition of operative
  1. someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
  2. a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
  3. being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
  4. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"
  5. relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"
  6. effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"
  7. of or relating to a surgical operation; "operative surgery"
Similar Words: private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, shamus, sherlock, secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, running(a), functional, working(a), surgical, key

 

Hyponyms: hotel detective, house detective, house dick, inquiry agent, store detective, agent-in-place, agent provocateur, provocateur, bridge agent, case officer, codetalker, windtalker, foot, NOC, spy, undercover agent, walk-in

 

Pertainyms: operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process

 

Anagrams: evaporite

 

 
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