Definition of operative :
1. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory.
2. Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery.
3. Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive.
4. Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty.
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agent (part of speech: noun)
deputy, mediator, impresario, actor, broker, intermediary, appointee, factor, delegate, instrument, ombudsman, executor, representative, middleman, agent, liaison, emissary, lieutenant, agency, surrogate, substitute, proxy, vehicle, go-between, attorney, alternate, auxiliary, second
influential (part of speech: adjective)
- There is no warrant for reading the distinctions made by judgment back into a situation where judgment was not operative. - "John Dewey's logical theory", Delton Thomas Howard.
- Of course he's a little foggy yet, but I suppose that's just the post- operative shock." - "Am I Still There?", James R. Hall.
- It is evident that in both cases it is the fear of the loss of the above favors that is operative. - "The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love", Emanuel Swedenborg.