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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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The Internet, then, is evolving increasingly into a meta-national domain of domains whose many constituent networks are not "indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all." On the contrary, there are very clear divisions in the Net's operativity between those who have and those who have not, those who have now and those who will have later, those who have a great deal and those who have very little, and those who have the latest and those who have the outmoded.
It is, rather, that Ballard's elaborately teasing play between the fictive and autobiographical exposes the operativity of the frame instated to divide science fiction and "mainstream," popular and serious, high and low.
Operativity, language and memory in young children.
But it also matters to them that the given material limits of territorial markings and mappings (such as the camp) are always already embedded in assemblages of emergent spatial potentialities (thus, even if the distinction between topography and topology may not always remain at the end of the analysis--particularly, for Butler--that distinction remains a key point of analytical departure for an apprehension of the operativity of spatial registers mobilized in and by regimes of biopower).