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1 adjective
Related topics: Hospital
1 working and able to be used [≠ inoperative]:
Only one runway is operative.
the steps to be taken before the scheme can become operative
operational (1)

the operative word

used when you repeat a word from a previous sentence to draw attention to its importance:
The new system offers fast solutions. Fast being the operative word.
3MH relating to a medical operation:
patients undergoing operative procedures

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