Synonyms of operative in English:

operative


See definition of operative

adjective

1‘although the act has been passed by parliament, it is not operative at the moment’

SYNONYMS
in force, in operation, effective, in effect, valid
ANTONYMS

invalid

2‘the steam railway is still operative’

SYNONYMS
functioning, working, running, up and running, in operation, in use, in action, going
operational, workable, serviceable, functional, usable, in working condition, in working order, viable
ANTONYMS

out of order

3‘‘might’ is the operative word’

SYNONYMS
key, significant, relevant, applicable, pertinent, apposite, germane, apropos, crucial, critical, main, chief, major, central, pivotal, fundamental, vital, important, essential
ANTONYMS

irrelevant


noun

1‘the operatives clean the machines at the end of every shift’

SYNONYMS
machinist, operator, machine operator, mechanic, engineer, driver, worker, workman, hand, factory hand, artisan, craftsman, craftswoman, blue-collar worker
British machine minder

2‘a special operative of the CIA’

SYNONYMS
agent, secret agent, undercover agent, spy, mole, plant, double agent, counterspy
North American informal spook
archaic intelligencer
archaic, informal beagle

3‘employ a private operative’

SYNONYMS
detective, private detective, investigator, private investigator, sleuth, shadow
British enquiry agent
informal private eye, tail
North American informal, dated gumshoe, bogey, dick