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General dictionaries General (30 matching dictionaries)
  1. operative: Merriam-Webster.com [home, info]
  2. operative: Oxford Learner's Dictionaries [home, info]
  3. operative: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
  4. operative: Collins English Dictionary [home, info]
  5. operative: Vocabulary.com [home, info]
  6. operative, operative: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]
  7. Operative, operative: Wordnik [home, info]
  8. operative: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [home, info]
  9. operative: Wiktionary [home, info]
  10. operative: Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. [home, info]
  11. operative: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus [home, info]
  12. operative: Infoplease Dictionary [home, info]
  13. operative: Dictionary.com [home, info]
  14. operative (adj.): Online Etymology Dictionary [home, info]
  15. operative: UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
  16. operative: Cambridge Dictionary of American English [home, info]
  17. operative: Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms [home, info]
  18. Operative, The Operative (film), The Operative: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia [home, info]
  19. Operative: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
  20. operative: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
  21. operative: Rhymezone [home, info]
  22. operative: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
  23. operative: Webster's 1828 Dictionary [home, info]
  24. operative: Free Dictionary [home, info]
  25. operative: Mnemonic Dictionary [home, info]
  26. operative: WordNet 1.7 Vocabulary Helper [home, info]
  27. operative: LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/Thesaurus [home, info]
  28. operative: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]

Business dictionaries Business (4 matching dictionaries)
  1. operative: Webster's New World Law Dictionary [home, info]
  2. OPERATIVE: Bouvier's Law Dictionary 1856 Edition [home, info]
  3. operative: Legal dictionary [home, info]
  4. operative: BusinessDictionary.com [home, info]

Computing dictionaries Computing (1 matching dictionary)
  1. operative: Encyclopedia [home, info]

Medicine dictionaries Medicine (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. operative: online medical dictionary [home, info]
  2. operative: Medical dictionary [home, info]

Miscellaneous dictionaries Miscellaneous (1 matching dictionary)
  1. operative: Idioms [home, info]

Sports dictionaries Sports (1 matching dictionary)
  1. Operative: 2060 Shadow-Slang [home, info]

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Quick definitions from WordNet (operative)

noun:  a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
noun:  someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
adjective:  effective; producing a desired effect ("The operative word")
adjective:  of or relating to a surgical operation ("Operative surgery")
adjective:  being in force or having or exerting force ("Operative regulations")
adjective:  (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
adjective:  relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine ("Operative dentistry")

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