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operativity


noun

  1. a person engaged, employed, or skilled in some branch of work, especially productive or industrial work; worker.
  2. a detective.
  3. a secret agent; spy.

adjective

  1. operating, or exerting force, power, or influence.
  2. having force; being in effect or operation: laws operative in this city.
  3. effective or efficacious.
  4. engaged in, concerned with, or pertaining to work or productive activity.
  5. significant; key: The operative word in that sentence is “sometimes.”
  6. Medicine/Medical. concerned with, involving, or pertaining to surgical operations.

adjective

  1. in force, effect, or operation
  2. exerting force or influence
  3. producing a desired effect; significantthe operative word
  4. of or relating to a surgical procedure

noun

  1. a worker, esp one with a special skill
  2. US a private detective

n.“worker, operator,” 1809, from operative (adj.); sense of “secret agent, spy” is first attested 1930, probably from its use by the Pinkerton Detective Agency as a title for their private detectives (1905). adj.“producing the intended effect,” early 15c., from Old French operatif (14c.) or directly from Late Latin operativus “creative, formative,” from operat-, past participle stem of operari (see operation). Weakened sense of “significant, important” is from 1955. adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or resulting from a surgical operation.
  2. Functioning effectively; efficient.

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