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British English: /ˈɒp(ə)rətɪv/
American English: /ˈɑp(ə)rədɪv/

Translation of operative in French:



  • 1 (effective)
    (rule, law, system)
    en vigueur
    how soon will the plan be operative?
    quand le plan sera-t-il en vigueur?
  • 2 (important)
    qui compte
    X being the operative word
    X étant le mot qui compte

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