Op"er*a*tive (?), a. [Cf.L. operativus, F. op'eratif.]

1.

Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects; as, an operative motive.

It holds in all operative principles. South.

2.

Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious; as, an operative dose, rule, or penalty.

3. Surg.

Based upon, or consisting of, an operation or operations; as, operative surgery.

 

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Op"er*a*tive, n.

A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory.

 

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