Operative may refer to:

  • Political operative or campaign staff
  • A member of a tactical unit
  • The Operative, a character from the television series Firefly
  • The Operative: No One Lives Forever, a 2000 video game
  • Operative Media, an advertising company, founded 2000

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Famous quotes containing the word operative:

    In the operative opinion of the world, he who is already fully provided with what is necessary for him, that man shall have more; while he who is deplorably destitute of the same, he shall have taken away from him even that which he hath. Yet the world vows it is a very plain, downright matter-of-fact, plodding, humane sort of world.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    I think the fall from the farmer to the operative as great and memorable as that from the man to the farmer.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)