Informant vs Operative - What's the difference?

informant | operative |


As nouns the difference between informant and operative

is that informant is one who relays confidential information to someone, especially to the police; an informer while operative is an employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.

As an adjective operative is

effectual or important.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

informant

Noun

(en noun)
  • One who relays confidential information to someone, especially to the police; an informer.
  • (linguistics) A native speaker who acts as a linguistic reference for a language being studied. The informant demonstrates native pronunciation, provides grammaticality judgments regarding linguistic well-formedness, and may also explain cultural references and other important contextual information.
  • * 1977 , A. E. Kibrik, The methodology of field investigations in linguistics
  • The only material the linguist has to begin with are the informant' s grammatical utterances in the target language pronounced arbitrarily in a natural or assigned communicative situation or stimulated artificially by the investigator.
  • * 2003 , Sergei Nirenburg, H. L. Somers, Yorick Wilks, Readings in machine translation (page 116)
  • The informant learns his language by formal training and, more importantly, by constant exposure to its use. He cannot repeat to the linguist what he has never seen or heard.

    Synonyms

    * (one who relays confidential information ): blabber, gossip, narc, stool pigeon, tattletale, rat, canary, snitch, stoolie, squealer, grass, bigmouth * See also

    See also

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    operative

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Effectual or important.
  • He's usually in a good mood — the operative word there being "usually". Today was a disaster.
  • Functional, in working order.
  • Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects.
  • an operative motive
  • * South
  • It holds in all operative principles.
  • Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious.
  • an operative dose, rule, or penalty
  • Based upon, or consisting of, a surgical operation or operations.
  • operative surgery

    Derived terms

    * operative word

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.
  • A spy, secret agent, or detective.
  • A participant of an operation.
  • Anagrams

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