preservative

adjective
pre·​ser·​va·​tive | \ pri-ˈzər-və-tiv How to pronounce preservative (audio) \

Definition of preservative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the power of preserving

preservative

noun

Definition of preservative (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Noun This food does not contain any artificial preservatives. The wood was treated with preservative.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Till’s murder made somehow more lurid through the preservative lacquer of folk heroism. Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2022 Sodium azide, a colorless, tasteless and odorless powder, is used as a propellant in airbags, as a herbicide and a pest control agent as well as a laboratory preservative agent. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 23 Feb. 2022 Cookies can have too much sugar, saturated fat, salt, and additives such as preservative. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 The point was to promote its new, preservative-free Whopper. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 My sister gets flu shots without preservatives and has been unable to find out if any of the COVID shots available are preservative-free. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2021 On top of what a wine already contains, a winemaker can add more sulfur as a preservative and antioxidant, to protect against a wide range of ills, including bacteria. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 LyondellBasell produces a form of the acid that is used as a food preservative and flavor additive. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 28 July 2021 Tannins’ preservative properties help give wine endurance. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most of the narratives cited the same lethal method, a preservative used for curing meat, The Times found. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 9 Dec. 2021 Most of the narratives cited the same lethal method, a preservative used for curing meat, The Times found. New York Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Use a clean vase to prevent bacteria and fungus from killing the flowers, and add flower preservative. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 Natural Flavor, Xantham Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1. Melissa Matthews, Men's Health, 10 Feb. 2022 Monsanto originally produced the PCBs, a chemical preservative used in light fixtures and caulking in Sky Valley’s 1950s- and 1960s-era buildings. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, 7 Feb. 2022 The lights and caulking were infused with PCBs, an effective preservative popular in school construction before research revealed its toxicity in the 1970s. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, 24 Jan. 2022 The archive contains jars of tissue from the late 19th century, including a few whole lungs, all floating in jars of pale yellow liquid, the alcohol that was used as a preservative. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 The wine list focuses on small family producers of natural wines who use organic or biodynamic farming and no chemicals, with the exception of a tiny bit of sulfur as a preservative, depending on the grape and the region. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of preservative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 Apr 2022

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“Preservative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preservative. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for preservative

preservative

noun
pre·​ser·​va·​tive | \ pri-ˈzər-vət-iv How to pronounce preservative (audio) \

Kids Definition of preservative

: a substance added to food to keep it from spoiling

preservative

noun
pre·​ser·​va·​tive | \ pri-ˈzər-vət-iv How to pronounce preservative (audio) \

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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