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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

    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, sherlock(adj)

    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. operative(adj)

    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, 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"

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

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

  5. operative(adj)

    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)(adj)

    (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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. operative(a.)

    Synonyms:
    acting, active, in action, in operation

  2. operative(a.)

    Synonyms:
    effective, efficient, effectual, efficacious, serviceable

  3. operative(n.)

    Synonyms:
    laborer, artisan, laboring man, common workman

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    operational, dispositif, device, operating

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How to use operative in a sentence?

  1. Richard Blumenthal:

    This kind of back channel for the President's personal attorney, a political operative ought to... deeply alarm and frighten America because it in essence, weaponizes law enforcement and the Department of Justice as a political tool.

  2. White House:

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

  3. Edith Hamilton:

    What the people wanted was a government which would provide a comfortable life for them, and with this as the foremost object ideas of freedom and self-reliance and service to the community were obscured to the point of disappearing. Athens was more and more looked on as a co-operative business possessed of great wealth in which all citizens had a right to share. Athens had reached the point of rejecting independence, and the freedom she now wanted was freedom from responsibility. There could be only one result. If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms.

  4. Donald Trump:

    There are a number of links between the real estate tycoon’s political operation and the Make America Great Again PAC. Mike Ciletti, a Colorado-based operative who told Politico in August that Mike Ciletti is a consultant for the super PAC … The Donald Trump campaign has paid Ciletti’s printing firm since April, with the most recently reported payment on Sept. 18 … In one of several interviews with The Washington Post, Corey Lewandowski Fox News First denied knowing Mike Ciletti or anyone connected to the super PAC. ‘ I don’t know Mike Ciletti, ’ Corey Lewandowski said. Two days later, when confronted with the campaign’s payments to Ciletti’s firm, Corey Lewandowski acknowledged Mike Ciletti was familiar with Ciletti. ‘ I know a lot of people, ’ Mike Ciletti said. ‘ I know of Mike Ciletti. ’ After being pressed for more details, Mike Ciletti hung up.

  5. 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.


Translations for operative

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

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