Main definitions of operatory in English

: operatory1operatory2

operatory1

Pronunciation /ˌɒpəˈreɪt(ə)ri/

noun

US
  • A dentist's surgery.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin operatorium workshop, use as noun of neuter singular of operatorius.

Main definitions of operatory in English

: operatory1operatory2

operatory2

Pronunciation /ˌɒpəˈreɪt(ə)ri/

adjective

  • 1Capable of producing an effect; effectual; concerned with action, practical.

  • 2Psychology
    = "operational".

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556), archbishop of Canterbury. From post-classical Latin operatorius efficacious (Vetus Latina) from classical Latin operāt-, past participial stem of operārī + -ōrius.