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1preservative

adjective pre·ser·va·tive \pri-ˈzər-və-tiv\

Definition of PRESERVATIVE

:  having the power of preserving

First Known Use of PRESERVATIVE

14th century

Rhymes with PRESERVATIVE

2preservative

noun

: a chemical that is added to food to keep it fresh longer

: a substance that is used on wood to prevent it from decaying

Full Definition of PRESERVATIVE

:  something that preserves or has the power of preserving; specifically :  an additive used to protect against decay, discoloration, or spoilage

Examples of PRESERVATIVE

  1. This food does not contain any artificial preservatives.
  2. The wood was treated with preservative.

First Known Use of PRESERVATIVE

15th century

Rhymes with PRESERVATIVE

PRESERVATIVE Defined for Kids

preservative

noun pre·ser·va·tive \pri-ˈzər-vət-iv\

Definition of PRESERVATIVE for Kids

:  a substance added to food to keep it from spoiling
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preservative

noun pre·ser·va·tive \pri-ˈzər-vət-iv\

Medical Definition of PRESERVATIVE

:  something that preserves or has the power of preserving; specifically :  an additive used to protect against decay, discoloration, or spoilage <a food preservative>

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