Synonyms for operative:
expeditious, useful, usefully, time-saving, functionally, working girl, worthwhile, well-run, invaluable, utilizable, nifty, constructive, proven, Begun, operator, Workwoman, Workingman, workingwoman, active, employable, well-oiled, on-stream, well-worn, packer.
matter of fact
spy, secret agent.
Other synonyms and related words:
efficient, dick, artificer, pi, employable, live, on, intelligence agent, priceless, good, roustabout, fruitful, accessible, helpful, expeditious, invaluable, Workingman, robust, operator, open, investigator, practicable, running, going, important, in effect, practical, operant, mechanic, online, laborer, detective, workman, key, living, constructive, operational, preoperative, useful, private eye, alive, spy, Begun, expedient, hand, principal investigator, usable, shamus, spook, efficacious, working girl, sleuth, powerful, secret agent, private investigator, Intelligencer, operating, surgical, functioning, mole, productive, strong, active, in force, potent, significant, postoperative, tailor-made, working, effective, utilitarian, tailored, man, sherlock, packer, workingwoman, worker, functional, artisan, utilizable, in operation, paymaster, worthwhile, effectual, operable, intelligence officer, gumshoe, private detective, Workwoman, proven, artist, useable.
active, functioning; influential (adjective)
Sense 2 (noun)
Sense 3 (noun)
Sense 4 (noun)
appointee, impresario, agent, proxy, agency, middleman, lieutenant, delegate, go-between, emissary, alternate, attorney, deputy, liaison, ombudsman, vehicle, surrogate, broker, factor, instrument, intermediary, mediator, substitute, second, actor, executor, auxiliary, representative.
good, operational, functional, secret agent, effective, private investigator, private detective, in operation, operating, intelligence officer, functioning, important, intelligence agent, preoperative, running, working, surgical, in force, operant, pi, postoperative, private eye, significant, sherlock, at work, key, in effect, shamus.
private detective (noun)
private investigator (noun)
Usage examples for operative:
- I should like something that would express the co- operative character of the thing, but I don't know as I can get it. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes", William Dean Howells.
- Co- operative trading is one thing; private insurance another. - "The Fortunate Youth", William J. Locke.
- The operative looked up in surprise. - "Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930", Various.