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Operative


OP'ERATIVE, adjective

1. Having the power of acting; exerting force, physical or moral; having or exerting agency; active in the production of effects.

In actions of religion we should be zealous, active and operative so far as prudence will permit.

It holds in all operative principles, especially in morality.

2. Efficacious; producing the effect.