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English definition of “operative”

operative

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈɒpərətɪv/ mainly US
someone who does secret work for a government or other organization: a former CIA operativeOccupations and tradesSpying and espionage
(Definition of operative noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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