detective








noun

  1. a member of the police force or a private investigator whose function is to obtain information and evidence, as of offenses against the law.

adjective

  1. of or relating to detection or detectives: a detective story.
  2. serving to detect; detecting: various detective devices.

noun

    1. a police officer who investigates crimes
    2. See private detective
    3. (as modifier)a detective story

adjective

  1. used in or serving for detection
  2. serving to detect
n.

1850, short for detective police, from detective (adj.), 1843; see detect + -ive.

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