(engl.), auch Operatives, im Gegensatz zu den Speculative Masons, Speculatives, symbolischen, geistigen Maurern (Freimaurern im modernen Sinn) die eigentlichen Bauleute, Steinmetzen.
(In Preston's "Illustrations" heißt es: "Masonry passes and is understood under two denominations: it is operative ans speculative ...
Speculative Masonry is so much interwoven with religion, as to lay us under the strongest obligation to pay to the Deity that rational homage which at once constitutes our duty and our happiness. Operative Masonry fürnishes us with dwellings, and convenient shelters... it demonstrates that a fund of science and industry is implanted in the rational species for the most wise salutary and beneficent purposes.")