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preparative

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noun pre·par·a·tive \pri-ˈpa-rə-tiv\

Definition of preparative

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

14th Century

First Known Use of preparative

14th century


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preparative

adjective pre·par·a·tive

Definition of preparative

preparatively

adverb

Examples of preparative in a Sentence

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

Circa 1530

First Known Use of preparative

circa 1530



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