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Definition of "operative" []

  • Being in effect; having force; operating: "Two major tendencies are operative in the American political system” ( Heinz Eulau). (adjective)
  • Functioning effectively; efficient. (adjective)
  • Engaged in or concerned with physical or mechanical activity. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation. (adjective)
  • Significant; most important; key: The operative word is "low-fat.” (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "operative" in a sentence
  • "Charlie Crist Jr., who, according to one McCain operative, is the other candidate — besides Jindal — who McCain is seriously considering tapping as his running mate."
  • "Deposada, a GOP operative from the failed Bush Presidency, crossed a critical line this week by developing and placing ads urging Latino voters to stay home and not vote during this important election cycle."
  • "Robert Deposada, a GOP operative from the failed Bush Presidency, has crossed a critical line this week by developing and placing ads urging Latino voters to stay home and not vote during this important election cycle."