Synonyms of operative
1 in forceDictionary • The scheme was operative by the end of 1983.
in force • The new tax is already in force.
effective • The new rules will become effective in the next few days.
active • Guerrilla groups are active in the province.
operational • The new space station will be fully operational by next year.
functional • We have fully functional smoke alarms on all staircases.
in operation • The night-time curfew remains in operation.
serviceable • His Arabic was serviceable enough.
2 workingDictionary • Make sure that the safety equipment is operative.
working • the oldest working steam engine in the world
3 relevantDictionary • A small whisky may help you sleep - `small' being the operative word.
relevant • Make sure you enclose all the relevant certificates.
fitting • The President's address was a fitting end to the campaign.
appropriate • It is appropriate that Irish names dominate the list.
influential • He had been influential in shaping economic policy.
apt • The words of this report are as apt today as they were in 1929.
applicable • What is reasonable for one family is not applicable for another.
pertinent • She had asked some pertinent questions.
apposite • Recent events have made his central theme even more apposite.
germane • the suppression of documents which were germane to the case
1 workerDictionary • In an automated car plant there is not a human operative to be seen.
worker • Wages have been frozen and workers laid off.
hand • He now works as a farm hand.
employee • Many of the company's employees are women.
labourer • Her husband had been a farm labourer.
workman • The workmen were building a fence around the area.
artisan • They have been restored by a stonemason and artisan.
working man or working woman
2 spyDictionary (US, Canadian) • The CIA wants to protect its operatives.
spy • He was jailed for five years as an alleged British spy.
secret agent • He was blacklisted as a secret agent.
secret service agent
nark (British, Australian, New Zealand, slang)
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activeIf you say that a person or animal is active in a particular place or at a particular time, you mean that they are performing their usual activities or performing a particular activity.
• Guerrilla groups are active in the province.
applicableSomething that is applicable to a particular situation is relevant to it or can be applied to it.
• What is reasonable for one family is not applicable for another.
to the point,
to the purpose
to the point,
to the purpose
appositeSomething that is apposite is suitable for or appropriate to what is happening or being discussed.
• Recent events have made his central theme even more apposite.
Thesaurus for operative from the Collins English Thesaurus