operative operative  /ˈɑ pə rə tɪv/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
  2. (n) someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
  3. (adj) being in force or having or exerting force
  4. (adj) relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
  5. (adj) effective; producing a desired effect
  6. (adj) (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing

Usage(s):

  1. If not nauseated, they are served a tray the evening of the operative day and encouraged to partake of dry toast, jello, Cream of Wheat and similar articles.
  2. Testimony begins in front of a grand jury in the investigation into whether the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame was improperly leaked to the press.
  3. The DOJ opens a preliminary probe into whether the White House illegally unmasked a CIA operative.

News

  1. UK's Co-op Bank agrees $2.4 billion 'bail-in' rescue plan

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Co-operative Group has agreed a plan to plug a 1.5 billion pound ($2.4 billion) capital hole at its bank which forces bondholders to pay part of the bill, avoiding a repeat of the taxpayer-funded bailouts staged during the financial crisis. Using a "bail-in" model, bondholders must swap their debt for new bonds and equity in the bank to be listed on ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. UK's Co-op Bank agrees 1.5 billion sterling 'bail-in' rescue plan

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Co-operative Group has agreed a plan to plug a 1.5 billion pound ($2.4 billion) capital hole at its bank which forces bondholders to pay part of the bill, avoiding a repeat of the taxpayer-funded bailouts staged during the financial crisis. Using a "bail-in" model, bondholders must swap their debt for new bonds and equity in the bank to be listed on ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Pat Nee, former IRA operative, is key witness for Whitey Bulger in Boston trial

    A former IRA operative in America is one of only two witnesses scheduled to appear for Whitey Bulger at his Boston trial.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Irish Central

Quotes

  1. "We do believe that if the new administration of the United States, as Mr Obama said, is going to change its policies, not in saying but in practice, definitely they will find the region in a co-operative approach and reaction," Mr Mottaki told...
    on Jan 29, 2009 By: Manouchehr Mottaki Source: BBC News

  2. "I urge Iran to be as active and co-operative as possible in working with the agency to clarify this matter of serious concern," ElBaradei told the 35-nation policy-making board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
    on Mar 3, 2008 By: Mohamed ElBaradei Source: TVNZ

  3. "The owners have been completely co-operative," Selig said. "All this business about owners have turned their head and so on and so forth, there just is no fact to that, there's no truth to that. Now, were we slow to react? OK, people can...
    on Jan 17, 2007 By: Bud Selig Source: 940 News

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