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Synonyms for operative
ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪvop·er·a·tive

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. operative

    Artist, artificer and artisan are all from the root of art, but artist holds to the esthetic sense, while artificer and artisan follow the mechanical or industrial sense of the word (see ART under SCIENCE). Artist thus comes only into accidental association with the other words of this group, not being a synonym of any one of them and having practically no synonym of its own. The work of the artist is creative; that of the artisan mechanical. The man who paints a beautiful picture is an artist; the man who makes pin-heads all day is an artisan. The artificer is between the two, putting more thought, intelligence, and taste into his work than the artisan, but less of the idealizing, creative power than the artist. The sculptor, shaping his model in clay, is artificer, as well as artist; patient artisans, working simply by rule and scale, chisel and polish the stone. The man who constructs anything by mere routine and rule is a mechanic. The man whose work involves thought, skill, and constructive power is an artificer. The hod-carrier is a laborer; the bricklayer is a mechanic; the master mason is an artificer. Those who operate machinery nearly self-acting are operatives.

    Synonyms:
    artificer, artisan, artist, mechanic, workman

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. operative

    Synonyms:
    active, efficacious, serviceable, binding

    Antonyms:
    inefficacious, inoperative

Princeton's WordNet

  1. secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operativenoun

    a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

    Synonyms:
    intelligence officer, private detective, sherlock, private eye, private investigator, intelligence agent, shamus, secret agent

    Antonyms:
    down, insignificant, unimportant, defunct, malfunctioning, dead, nonfunctional, inoperative

  2. private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlockadjective

    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

    Synonyms:
    private investigator, private detective, intelligence officer, sherlock, private eye, intelligence agent, shamus, protease inhibitor, secret agent, principal investigator

    Antonyms:
    malfunctioning, defunct, nonfunctional, inoperative, unimportant, down, insignificant, dead

  3. operativeadjective

    being in force or having or exerting force

    "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"

    Synonyms:
    functional, running(a), working(a), surgical

    Antonyms:
    dead, unimportant, malfunctioning, insignificant, nonfunctional, defunct, inoperative, down

  4. surgical, operativeadjective

    relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine

    "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"

    Synonyms:
    functional, running(a), working(a), surgical

    Antonyms:
    inoperative, dead, malfunctioning, unimportant, defunct, nonfunctional, down, insignificant

  5. operativeadjective

    effective; producing a desired effect

    "the operative word"

    Synonyms:
    functional, running(a), working(a), surgical

    Antonyms:
    nonfunctional, down, insignificant, defunct, malfunctioning, dead, unimportant, inoperative

  6. running(a), operative, functional, working(a)adjective

    (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

    "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"

    Antonyms:
    unimportant, defunct, down, insignificant, dead, malfunctioning, nonfunctional, inoperative

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. operativeadjective

    Synonyms:
    acting, active, in action, in operation

  2. operativeadjective

    Synonyms:
    effective, efficient, effectual, efficacious, serviceable

  3. operativenoun

    Synonyms:
    laborer, artisan, laboring man, common workman

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "operative":

    operational, dispositif, device, operating

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How to use operative in a sentence?

  1. Renato Mariotti:

    This indictment could be very important from a political perspective, you now have the former chairman of the Trump campaign charged with conspiring with a suspected Russian intelligence operative. That's quite astounding.

  2. James Carville:

    The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.

  3. C. C. Colton:

    There is a diabolical trio existing in the natural man, implacable, inextinguishable, co-operative and consentaneous, pride, envy, and hate; pride that makes us fancy we deserve all the goods that others possess; envy that some should be admired while we are overlooked; and hate, because all that is bestowed on others, diminishes the sum we think due to ourselves.

  4. White House:

    I know the difference between a whistleblower and a 'deep state' operative. This is a 'deep state' operative pure and simple.

  5. Saul Anuzis:

    He's a hyper-fast moving type of guy, when he sits across from you and says,' I'm making a commitment and I'm asking you to make a commitment,' -- he's not benefiting from it financially or politically in any way -- I think that's a pretty powerful selling tool to have.' Keep the Promises This summer, Toby Neugebauer stepped back from day-to-day operations and was replaced primarily by David Barton, a Texas operative with deep ties to the nation's pastors. Tom Patrick, Tom Patrick, said Tom Patrick hadn't heard from Toby Neugebauer in months. Like David Barton, the three groups tied to the three anchor families all have religious tones. Keep the Promise III, backed solely by $ 15 million from Texas fracking giants Farris and Dan Wilks, is breaking through in digital organizing via Promise III Reigniting the Promise project, with a months-old Facebook page that has quickly earned more than 350,000 likes. Conservative Solutions Project is advised by Jon Francis, a Dan Wilks family member and the manager of their philanthropic giving, along with a coterie of anti-abortion activists from a group called Online for Life, who have no prior experience in partisan politics. Keep the Promise I, funded by Long Island billionaire Robert Mercer and helmed by Kellyanne Conway, a well-regarded GOP political operative, is focusing a $ 1 million radio campaign on Christian channels in Iowa, where Ted Cruz is increasingly polling well. The $ 11 million group is also diversifying its portfolio and hiring organizers in the states. Steve King, an Iowa political operative and son of powerful Rep. Steve King, is leading a growing field team in the Hawkeye State, and there are plans to staff up in South Carolina as well to supplement the official campaign field team -- which South Carolina's bumping into on the trail.


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