Operative vs Pinkerton - What's the difference?
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.
for someone from a place of that name near Dunbar.
(dated, countable) An operative employed by the (1819-1884).
*1950 , "
Kiss the Donkey," Time , 4 Sep.,
*:He joined the pickets in the bloody Homestead steel strike of 1892, and actually went so far as to jostle a Pinkerton .