op|e|ra|tive1 [ˈɔpərətıv US ˈa:pərə-, ˈa:pəreı-] adj
1.) working and able to be used
Only one runway is operative.
the steps to be taken before the scheme can become operative
2.) the operative word
used when you repeat a word from a previous sentence to draw attention to its importance
The new system offers fast solutions. Fast being the operative word.
3.) relating to a medical operation
patients undergoing operative procedures
operative 2
operative2 n
1.) a worker, especially a factory worker - used in business
the company's overseas operatives
2.) someone who does work that is secret in some way, especially for a government organization
CIA/FBI/intelligence etc operatives

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