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preservative

adjective pre·ser·va·tive \ pri-ˈzər-və-tiv \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of preservative

: having the power of preserving

Recent Examples of preservative from the Web

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First Known Use of preservative

14th century


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preservative

noun

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 in a Sentence

  1. This food does not contain any artificial preservatives.

  2. The wood was treated with preservative.

Recent Examples of preservative from the Web

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First Known Use of preservative

15th century


PRESERVATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

preservative

Definition of preservative for English Language Learners

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

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


PRESERVATIVE Defined for Kids

preservative

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

Definition of preservative for Students

: a substance added to food to keep it from spoiling

Medical Dictionary

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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