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

For bogs, the acidity has remarkable preservative effects—think bog bodies—and keeps the environment limited to highly specialized species that can tolerate such harsh environments. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I," 28 Apr. 2017 For cut flowers: Fill a clean vase halfway with lukewarm water, and mix in half or the entire preservative bag that comes with your flowers. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Punch List: What to do outdoors in your garden in February, plus tips on seeds," 3 Feb. 2017 Reliably clean water wouldn't arrive until 1842’s opening of the Croton Aqueduct, and thanks to its boiling process and the preservative nature of hops, beer was safer to drink than water until then. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "New York City's beer trail," 27 Apr. 2017 For bogs, the acidity has remarkable preservative effects—think bog bodies—and keeps the environment limited to highly specialized species that can tolerate such harsh environments. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I," 28 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another set of approaches involves finding preservatives that can be added to the vaccines to keep them shelf-stable. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Vaccines that don’t need refrigeration could save a ton of lives," 5 June 2019 In an attempt to avoid using chemical preservatives of liquid paints, modern day milk paint was born. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Milk Paint: The Eco-Friendly Option That Everyone Should Know," 18 Apr. 2019 Among the first to undergo evaluation is Propyl paraben, which is used as a preservative in various shampoos, conditioners, and lotions, and Methylene glycol (more commonly known as formaldehyde), which is used in a slew of hair treatments. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "Are Your Beauty Products Toxic? A New Senate Bill Aims to Tackle Unregulated Ingredients," 9 Mar. 2019 Choose a naturally rot-resistant wood such as cedar or locust, or use pine treated with a preservative. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Common allergens include ingredients such as fragrance, benzophenone-UV filters (used in many makeup products that contain sunscreen), and preservatives like lanolin, Dr. Elliott says. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 According to Jow, there is no standard dye formulation and that are a variety of dyes out there being used, some of which contain preservatives that aren’t regulated. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What is Eyebrow Tinting, Anyway?," 1 Feb. 2019 All the company’s products are free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial fats and trans-fats as well as artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Nona will get region's first Earth Fare this summer," 3 Apr. 2018 Know Your Labels The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens tend to be the most problematic, says Downs, though preservatives, such as parabens, can also pose an environmental threat. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Is Your Sunscreen Bad for the Planet? Here’s How to Choose an Ocean-Safe Formula," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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preservative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preservative

: 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

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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