De·tect·ive a. Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals; as, a detective officer.
De·tect·ive, n. One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy.
n 1: a police officer who investigates crimes [syn: investigator,
tec, police detective]
2: an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information
not easily available to the public