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Operative
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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Operative as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

24 November 2020
Last seen in: Irish Independent - Simple

We found 21 answers for the crossword clue 'Operative', the most recent of which was seen in the Irish Independent - Simple.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Operative a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Operative as an answer itself some 64 times.

Operative is a single word clue made up of 9 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Irish Independent - Simple' on Thursday, 01 October 2020 with the answer being INFORCE, we also found INFORCE to be the most popular answer for this clue.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
  • A person secretly employed in espionage for a government
  • Relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine; "a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"
  • Being in force or having or exerting force; "operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
  • (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"
  • Effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"

Crossword Answers

2 Letters

PI
An antiviral drug used against HIV; interrupts HIV replication by binding and blocking HIV protease; often used in combination with other drugs

3 Letters

KEY
A coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

SPY
Watch, observe, or inquire secretly

5 Letters

AGENT
The semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

6 Letters

ACTIVE
Chemical agent capable of activity

SHAMUS
Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

WORKER
Sterile member of a colony of social insects that forages for food and cares for the larvae

7 Letters

INFORCE
Exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)"

RUNNING
The act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace; "he broke into a run"; "his daily run keeps him fit"

WORKING
A mine or quarry that is being or has been worked

8 Letters

SHERLOCK
Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

SURGICAL
Performed with great precision; "a surgical air strike"

9 Letters

EFFECTIVE
Producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"

PRACTICAL
Having or put to a practical purpose or use; "practical mathematics"; "practical applications of calculus"

10 Letters

FUNCTIONAL
Designed for or capable of a particular function or use; "a style of writing in which every word is functional"; "functional architecture"

PRIVATEEYE
Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

11 Letters

SECRETAGENT
A person secretly employed in espionage for a government

16 Letters

PRIVATEDETECTIVE
Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

17 Letters

INTELLIGENCEAGENT
A person secretly employed in espionage for a government

19 Letters

INTELLIGENCEOFFICER
A person secretly employed in espionage for a government

PRIVATEINVESTIGATOR
Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

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