Synonyms for (noun) operative

Synonyms: private detective, private eye, private investigator, PI, operative, shamus, sherlock

Definition: someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

Similar words: detective

Definition: an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public


Synonyms: operative, intelligence agent, intelligence officer, secret agent

Definition: a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

Similar words: agent

Definition: a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations

Synonyms for (adjective) operative

Synonyms: operative

Definition: being in force or having or exerting force

Usage: operative regulations; the major tendencies operative in the American political system

Similar words: operant

Definition: having influence or producing an effect

Usage: many emotional determinants at work; an operant conscience


Similar words: in effect, in force, good, effective

Definition: exerting force or influence

Usage: the law is effective immediately; a warranty good for two years; the law is already in effect (or in force)


Similar words: in operation, operating, operational

Definition: being in effect or operation

Usage: de facto apartheid is still operational even in the `new' African nations- Leslie Marmon Silko; bus service is in operation during the emergency; the company had several operating divisions


Similar words: working

Definition: serving to permit or facilitate further work or activity

Usage: discussed the working draft of a peace treaty; they need working agreements with their neighbor states on interstate projects


Synonyms: functional, operative, running, working

Definition: (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

Usage: in running (or working) order; a functional set of brakes

Similar words: functioning

Definition: performing or able to perform its regular function

Usage: a functioning flashlight


Synonyms: operative, surgical

Definition: relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine

Usage: a surgical appendix; a surgical procedure; operative dentistry

Similar words: preoperative

Definition: happening or done before and in preparation for a surgical operation


Similar words: postoperative

Definition: happening or done after a surgical operation

Usage: postoperative complications; postoperative care


Synonyms: operative

Definition: effective; producing a desired effect

Usage: the operative word

Similar words: important, significant

Definition: important in effect or meaning

Usage: a significant change in tax laws; a significant change in the Constitution; a significant contribution; significant details; statistically significant