As an adjective operative
is effectual or important.
As a noun operative
is an employee or other worker with some particular function or skill.
As an adverb operatively is
in an operative manner.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
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.