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Synonyms for operative
ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operative(noun)

    a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

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

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

  2. private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlock(adj)

    someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

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

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

  3. operative(adj)

    being in force or having or exerting force

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

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

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

  4. surgical, operative(adj)

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

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

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

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

  5. operative(adj)

    effective; producing a desired effect

    "the operative word"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

    artificer, artisan, artist, mechanic, workman

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. operative

    active, efficacious, serviceable, binding

    inefficacious, inoperative

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. operative(a.)

    acting, active, in action, in operation

  2. operative(a.)

    effective, efficient, effectual, efficacious, serviceable

  3. operative(n.)

    laborer, artisan, laboring man, common workman

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  1. List of paraphrases:

    operational, dispositif, device, operating

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  • operatorioSpanish
  • asiamies, toimija, toimiva, vaikuttavaFinnish
  • opératoireFrench
  • operatorio, operativoItalian
  • werkzaamDutch
  • operatórioPortuguese
  • действенный, работать, рабочий, эффективный, действоватьRussian

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