the operative word

(redirected from operative)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to operative: Operative temperature

the operative word

The word in a statement that is most important in understanding its intended or true meaning. The police released a statement saying they have not yet filed any charges. The operative word being "yet."
See also: operative, word

the ˌoperative ˈword

used to emphasize that a particular word or phrase is the most important one in a sentence: I was in love with her — ‘was’ being the operative word.
See also: operative, word
References in periodicals archive ?
A constant monitoring of nutritional status of post operative patients especially in post operative children is mandatory for optimal wound healing and survival of patient.
Post operative nutritional care plays a crucial role in wound healing specially in pediatric population1.
In the developing countries co-operative sector has been associated with planned intervention of the state but with the liberalization of the economy, co- operatives were given more room, especially in Africa, to run their affairs (Shaw, 2006; Wanyama, 2008).
44) The case for structural impracticality, therefore, needs to be subjugated to that of an impotence primarily born of operative apathy.
Still, officers should contact the local prosecutor or judicial authority before using an operative.
But the openness must be attributed to the CIA's Publications Review Board, which permitted description of past covert operations, use of the names of agency stations abroad, and even revelation of the identities of retired operatives.
Responding to question about documenting operative notes, 69.
It too, has decided to purchase an operating room documentation system to improve scheduling of operative cases and to increase productivity.
This results in delays in the operative schedule, with anxious patients and families having to wait longer before their scheduled procedure is performed and angry and frustrated surgeons having to adjust their schedules to accommodate the delays, or worse cancel cases due to lack of available time.
This powerful combination enables Operative to truly deliver the enterprise-class infrastructure media companies require to effectively and efficiently run their business.
His practice focuses on operative and non-operative problems of the shoulder and knee including arthroscopic surgery.
Operative enables interactive publishers and agencies to meet the demands of an increasingly dynamic internet marketplace and to improve their bottom lines by providing expert management of ad operations through their industry-leading technology and truly obsessive service.
Petkus joins Operative from Interactive Corporation (IAC) where he was Director of Sales Development and responsible for online advertising strategy for properties such as Ticketmaster, Match.
While most of the operatives used false identities, they left a long trail of paper and electronic records that enabled investigators to retrace their movements in detail," recounted the Washington Post.
The evidence is of remarkably stable growth," said Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co operatives UK.
Full browser ?