- 1Functioning; having effect: the transmitter is operative the mining ban would remain operativeMore example sentences
- They will not be operative there and in effect it is the same as being anywhere else in the country.
- Still, the crowding-out effect is operative as the new money ‘printed’ by the government is competing for resources with old money saved by the public.
- In 1999 and 2000, its members decided to transfer its operative functions into the EU, in order to strengthen its European Security and Defence Policy.
- 1.1 [attributive] (Of a word) having the most relevance or significance in a phrase or sentence: a young man, and the operative word is young, should go into the armed services at around seventeenMore example sentences
- And supposed is the operative word in that sentence, right?
- Might is, of course, the operative word in that sentence, but who knows?
- However the operative word in my last sentence was ‘when’!
- 2 [attributive] Of or relating to surgery: they had wounds needing operative treatmentMore example sentences
- For some major types of surgery, operative mortality is an important measure of performance.
- Patients found unfit on account of low PFT values for a particular type of surgery were rejected for operative procedure.
- However, the medical therapy is generally not very effective and should be reserved for patients unwilling to undergo dilation or surgery or poor operative candidates.
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- 1A worker, especially a skilled one in a manufacturing industry.More example sentences
machinist, (machine) operator, mechanic, engineer, worker, workman, blue-collar worker
- The lay people, it should be added, are most likely to be the technical operatives in the seed industry in the USA.
- Pride of place must go to our local County Council operatives and temporary workers who led by splendid example throughout.
- Most were packers but others worked as machine operatives or fork-lift truck drivers.
- 1.1chiefly North American A private detective or secret agent.More example sentences
- A secret CIA operative, he committed 33 assassinations - or so Confessions of a Dangerous Mind would have us believe.
- Intelligence analysts and operatives surf its secrets with the ease of an Internet user shopping for books online.
- Cooper has repeatedly refused to reveal his confidential sources, sources for an article he wrote about the naming of the secret CIA operative.
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- Many very low birthweight infants 316 were delivered operatively, as a reflection of either maternal indications such as uncontrolled pre-eclampsia or fetal distress after premature labour.
- Whether the players were treated operatively or nonoperatively, we found reduced performance in the functional tests and reduced muscle strength in the involved leg compared with the uninvolved leg.
- The press member is operatively connected to the container body for movement of the press member between a wringing position and a non-wringing position relative to the wringing surface of the container body.
late Middle English: from late Latin operativus, from Latin operat- 'done by labor', from the verb operari (see operate).