operatives1) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ A system or service that is operative is working or having an effect. [FORMAL]
The commercial telephone service was no longer operative...
The Youth Training Scheme was operative by the end of 1983.Syn:in operation2) N-COUNT An operative is a worker, especially one who does work with their hands. [FORMAL]
In an automated car plant there is not a human operative to be seen.3) N-COUNT An operative is someone who works for a government agency such as the intelligence service. [mainly AM]
Naturally the CIA wants to protect its operatives.4) PHRASE: N inflects If you describe a word as the operative word, you want to draw attention to it because you think it is important or exactly true in a particular situation.
As long as the operative word is `greed', you can't count on people keeping the costs down...
A small dram of whisky may be prescribed by doctors for those over 60 to help them sleep. It is vital though to emphasize that `small' is the operative word.
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