What does the word operative mean?

    Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Exerting power; working efficiently; connected with operations.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A worker at handicraft; laborer; artizan.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Operator.

Usage examples for operative

  1. The very essence of life itself is more fully operative in singing than it is in anything else. – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  2. But from these ruins was surely growing the glorious fabric of the Co- operative Commonwealth. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  3. After using their constitutional right to purchase lieu lands, they are entitled to a profit on the investment, and besides, I must show a 'valuable consideration' or have a secret service operative trailing me. – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne