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OPERATIVE. A workman; one employed to perform labor for another.
     2. This word is used in the bankrupt law of 19th August, 1841, s. 5, which directs that any person who shall have performed any labor as an operative in the service of any bankrupt shall be entitled to receive the full amount of wages due to him for such labor, not exceeding twenty-five dollars; provided that such labor shall have been performed within six months next before the bankruptcy of his employer.
     3. Under this act it has been decided that an apprentice who had done work beyond a task allotted to him by his master, commonly called overwork, under an agreement on the part of the master to pay for such work, was entitled as an operative. 1 Penn. Law Journ. 368. See 3 Rob. Adm. R. 237; 2 Cranch, 240 270.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He regretted that some operatives don't go to their duty posts adding that modalities had been put in place to fish out such truant operatives.
Operative's order management and universal product catalog, FreeWheel's unified ad decisioning capabilities, and NBCUniversal's suite of advanced advertising products provide the beginning ingredients "to enable more effective execution of converged media campaigns," Operative notes.
According to Panagiota and Nastis (2011) the primary goal of all co- operatives is the welfare of their members by improving their economic, social and cultural positions.
Major Finding: Operative time was strongly correlated with operative cost, with robotic hysterectomy being the most expensive at $46,065 and vaginal the least expensive at $26,619.
This is how the CIA teams in Afghanistan functioned, and it might seem like just so much common sense, but it often meant that Agency operatives had to break the rules set by bureaucrats at Langley.
The risk of neonatal trauma quadrupled after failed operative vaginal delivery, compared with C-section after labor in this prospective cohort study.
Benchmarking, however, was essential if site, and thus operative, interest and expectation were to be stimulated.
All law enforcement agencies using minor operatives should consider adopting such guidelines as standard operating procedure.
Objective of our study was to compare completeness of template based operative notes with those of traditional operative notes for laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure.
Responding to question about documenting operative notes, 69.5% preferred them to be hand written while 32.5% wanted typed notes.
It too, has decided to purchase an operating room documentation system to improve scheduling of operative cases and to increase productivity.

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