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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 said that he called the emergency meeting basically to appreciate the operatives for their excellent performance.
H2: Co-operative members, under the equal market conditions, prefer earning their income through their co-operatives and not independently (if there are no consequences regarding the membership in co- operatives).
The results showed a very high level of response in favor of earning income through co- operatives.
Surely, the request for knowledge and skills in the age of economy of knowledge cannot bypass co- operatives. Administrative and professional knowledge and skills require engaging managers and other professionals.
To Berntsen's intense frustration, the CIA even excised material that it had allowed another CIA operative in Afghanistan, Gary Schroen, to publish in his book, First In.
Moreover, operatives often moved from site to site together.
And they noted, too, that "nothing would be further removed from the wishes of building operatives than tha t they should be molly-coddled."(28) Union delegates deplored the employers' failure to provide the agreed "bare necessities" of "better hutting accommodation, canteens, sanitary arrangements, etc." required because geographic dislocation had made operatives less self-sufficient.(29) Yet as one union commentator admitted shortly after:
Operatives versus unions: who wants holidays or a guaranteed week?
Despite the inherent difficulties in using a minor operative, such sting operations have met with success.
On one level, this led to a breakdown of the profile he assigns his generation of operatives - a few with "serious money," a majority middle class, but all "with quality education" That, he said, established "a kinship ...
Despite Clarridge's emphasis on the need for quality operatives to carry out recruitment, he baldly proclaims at one point that the CIA "wasted a lot of emotional energy trying to recruit Soviets during the Cold War," adding: "I know of no significant Soviet recruitment that was spotted, developed, and recruited from scratch by a CIA case officer." He points out that American traitors like Aldrich Ames, and Soviets who really wanted to cooperate, walked in of their own volition - normally for money.
After a three-week study, Clarridge modestly reports that he completed in January 1986 "probably the most brilliant paper (or at least the most cogent) that I had ever put together or ever will" Out of it came the CIA's Counterterrorist Center, which merged clandestine operatives with analysts and technicians, as well as with outside specialists.