Informant vs Operative - What's the difference?
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?
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
* 2003 , Sergei Nirenburg, H. L. Somers, Yorick Wilks, Readings in machine translation (page 116)
- 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.
- 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.
* (one who relays confidential information ): blabber, gossip, narc, stool pigeon, tattletale, rat, canary, snitch, stoolie, squealer, grass, bigmouth
* See also
* name names
Effectual or important.
Functional, in working order.
Having the power of acting; hence, exerting force, physical or moral; active in the production of effects.
- He's usually in a good mood — the operative word there being "usually". Today was a disaster.
- an operative motive
Producing the appropriate or designed effect; efficacious.
- It holds in all operative principles.
Based upon, or consisting of, a surgical operation or operations.
- an operative dose, rule, or penalty
- operative surgery
* operative word
An employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.
A spy, secret agent, or detective.
A participant of an operation.