[op-er-uh-tiv, op-ruh-tiv, op-uh-rey-tiv] /ˈɒp ər ə tɪv, ˈɒp rə tɪv, ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv/
a person engaged, employed, or skilled in some branch of work, especially productive or industrial work; worker.
a secret agent; spy.
, or exerting force, power, or influence.
having force; being in effect or :
laws operative in this city.
effective or efficacious.
engaged in, concerned with, or pertaining to work or productive activity.
significant; key: The operative word in that sentence is “sometimes.”.
Medicine/Medical. concerned with, involving, or pertaining to surgical .
in force, effect, or operation
exerting force or influence
producing a desired effect; significant: the operative word
of or relating to a surgical procedure
a worker, esp one with a special skill
(US) a private detective
“producing the intended effect,” early 15c., from Old French operatif (14c.) or directly from Late Latin operativus “creative, formative,” from operat-, past participle stem of operari (see operation). Weakened sense of “significant, important” is from 1955.
“worker, operator,” 1809, from operative (adj.); sense of “secret agent, spy” is first attested 1930, probably from its use by the Pinkerton Detective Agency as a title for their private detectives (1905).
operative op·er·a·tive (ŏp’ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā’tĭv, ŏp’rə-)
[uh-pin-yuh-ney-tid] /əˈpɪn yəˌneɪ tɪd/ adjective 1. obstinate or conceited with regard to the merit of one’s own ; conceitedly dogmatic. /əˈpɪnjəˌneɪtɪd/ adjective 1. holding obstinately and unreasonably to one’s own opinions; dogmatic adj. “obstinate,” c.1600, past participle adjective from opinionate.
[uh-poh-zuh-buh l] /əˈpoʊ zə bəl/ adjective 1. capable of being placed to something else: the opposable thumb of primates. 2. capable of being resisted, fought, or . /əˈpəʊzəbəl/ adjective 1. capable of being opposed 2. Also apposable. (of the thumb of primates, esp man) capable of being moved into a position facing the other digits […]
[uh-pres-iv] /əˈprɛs ɪv/ adjective 1. burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical: an oppressive king; oppressive laws. 2. causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.: oppressive heat. 3. distressing or grievous: oppressive sorrows. /əˈprɛsɪv/ adjective 1. cruel, harsh, or tyrannical 2. heavy, constricting, or depressing adj. 1640s, from Medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, past participle stem […]
[op-ti-kuh l] /ˈɒp tɪ kəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or applying or the principles of optics. 2. constructed to assist sight or to correct defects in vision. 3. of or relating to sight or vision; visual. 4. of or relating to the eye. 5. of or relating to an optician or opticians or to […]