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  • (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
    • in running (or working) order
    • a functional set of brakes
  • effective; producing a desired effect
    • the operative word
  • relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
    • a surgical appendix
    • a surgical procedure
    • operative dentistry
  • being in force or having or exerting force
    • operative regulations
    • the major tendencies operative in the American political system
  • someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
  • a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
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