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1 operative /ˈɑːpərətɪv/ adjective
1 operative
/ˈɑːpərətɪv/
adjective
Learner's definition of OPERATIVE
: ready for use : capable of being used
opposite inoperative
: most important
2 operative /ˈɑːpərətɪv/ noun
plural operatives
2 operative
/ˈɑːpərətɪv/
noun
plural operatives
Learner's definition of OPERATIVE
[count]
chiefly US : a person who does secret work for a government or political organization
: a person who does work that involves using tools, operating machinery, etc.
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