pre·​par·​a·​tive | \ pri-ˈper-ə-tiv , pri-ˈpa-rə-tiv\

Definition of preparative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that prepares the way for or serves as a preliminary to something else : preparation



Definition of preparative (Entry 2 of 2)

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preparatively adverb

Examples of preparative in a Sentence


preparative warning that the injection was going to cause a modest amount of pain

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Gordon explains that the body has quite a bit of pre-labor preparative work to do. Tanya Ward Goodman, Orange County Register, "Past your due date? Some ideas to get that baby moving.," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of preparative


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preparative


Middle English preparatif, borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin prēparātīvus, derivative of prēparātīvus, adjective, "preparatory," from Latin praeparātus, past participle of praeparāre "to prepare" + -īvus -ive


borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French preparatif, borrowed from Medieval Latin prēparātīvus — more at preparative entry 1

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