Operative Op"er*a*tive, n. 1. A skilled worker; an artisan; esp., one who operates a machine in a mill or manufactory. [1913 Webster]

2. One who acts as an agent of another, especially a detective or spy. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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