Operative vs Working - What's the difference?

operative | working |


As adjectives the difference between operative and working

is that operative is effectual or important while working is that is or are functioning.

As nouns the difference between operative and working

is that operative is an employee or other worker with some particular function or skill while working is (usually plural) operation; action.

As a verb working is

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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

    * ----

    working

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) werking, werkynge, warkynge, worchinge, from (etyl) . Cognate with (etyl) wirking, warking, (etyl) werking, (etyl) Wirkung.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (usually plural) Operation; action.
  • Method of operation.
  • Fermentation.
  • (of bodies of water) Becoming full of a vegetable substance.
  • Etymology 2

    From .

    Verb

    (head)
  • Leave him alone; he's working .

    Adjective

    (-)
  • That is or are functioning.
  • a working ventilator
  • That suffices but requires additional work.
  • a working copy of the script
  • In paid employment.
  • working mothers
  • Of or relating to employment.
  • the working week
  • Enough to allow one to use something.
  • a working knowledge of computers
    Synonyms
    * (functioning''): functioning; up (''mainly used of computers ) * (that suffices but requires further work ): draft, provisional, temporary * (in paid employment ): employed, in employment * (of or relating to employment ): work * (enough to allow one to use something ): basic
    Antonyms
    * (functioning''): broken, broken-down, down (''mainly used of computers )

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