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adjective acting, active, adequate, ample, applicable, at work, beneficial, capable, competent, effective, effectual, efficax, efficient, employed, fruitful, functional, functioning, helpful, in action, in effect, in force, in harness, in operation, in play, instrumental, on duty, operational, performing, potent, productive, successful, sufficient, useable, useful, valid, workable, working, yielding
See also: constructive, functional, ministerial, potent, practical, prevailing, procedural, valuable, viable

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.

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Such too, to a greater or less extent, is the condition of the operatives of every denomination in England, which is the great workhouse of the world.
Oh, men and Englishmen, the down-trodden operatives of Coketown
for honour and power, are equally operative and equally liable to concealment.
The Italian government, once regarded as a key Bush administration ally in the "war on terror," is seeking to prosecute 13 suspected CIA operatives involved in the February 17, 2003 abduction of radical Muslim cleric Hussain Mustafa Omar Nasr in Milan.
While most of the operatives used false identities, they left a long trail of paper and electronic records that enabled investigators to retrace their movements in detail," recounted the Washington Post.
This article tests the attitudes of operatives in the construction industry, from the introduction of national collective bargaining shortly after World War One through to the period of alleged modernization in the 1960s.
Only in such inter-locking contexts (for example, workplace control, status, respectability and toughness) can the negative attitudes of operatives to welfare and fringe benefit provision be understood.
All law enforcement agencies using minor operatives should consider adopting such guidelines as standard operating procedure.
Following several years of making cases using this technique, the proportion of establishments selling to minor operatives dropped to about 25 percent.
Among other escapades, as one of the agency's more celebrated "cowboy" field operatives, Clarridge guided CIA development of the Nicaraguan contras, became involved in the Iran-contra scandal, and was indicted for lying to Congress, only to be pardoned by President Bush before his case came to trial.
Armed with ingenious vehicles and equipment engineered with jerry-built "2 x 4 Technology," the KND operatives relentlessly defend the rights of kids everywhere by engaging in head-to-head combat with ruthless adult villains such as Knightbrace, the demented dental avenger; Gramma Stuffum, who maniacally forces meals on unsuspecting kids; and a ship of Candy Pirates.
In the third quarter of 1992, the Northeast's condominium and co- operative resale rate climbed to 77,000 units, compared to 71,000 units a year ago.