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


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Usage examples "operative":

  1. The very essence of life itself is more fully operative in singing than it is in anything else. - "Seed Thoughts for Singers", Frank Herbert Tubbs.
  2. But from these ruins was surely growing the glorious fabric of the Co- operative Commonwealth. - "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists", 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", Peter B. Kyne.