Dead and Operative


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Dead adjective – No longer living.
Usage example: I inherited this heirloom from my dead great-grandfather

Operative is an antonym for dead in topics: not working, complete, indifferent, no longer alive.
Nearby Word: deadly
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Operative adjective – Being in effective operation.
Usage example: the last operative bookbinder of its kind in the business

Dead is an antonym for operative.
Nearby Words: operate, operation, operator, operating, operated
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  • Battle Butler He's a former MI-5 operative, skilled in torture techniques, and has absolutely no qualms about shooting people dead.
    Source: Battle Butler
  • Film / Lockout Retired Badass: Downplayed, where "retired" CIA-Operative Snow is helping out a buddy who ends up dead.
  • Retired Badass Downplayed in Lockout, where "retired" CIA-Operative Snow is helping out a buddy who ends up dead.
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