Definition of preparative in US English:

preparative

adjective

  • Preparatory.

    ‘months of preparative work’
    • ‘More than 30 companies will be represented at the Trade Exhibition where they will occupy over 70 stands displaying and demonstrating a variety of microscopes, accessories, preparative equipment and consumables.’
    • ‘The last part of the book, ‘Tools and Methods for Experiments and Measurements’, encompasses a variety of preparative methods and experimental designs offering an insight into the formulation of emulsions and suspensions.’
    • ‘She had already begun preparative work after she graduated from ENS.’
    • ‘Research suggests that counterfactual comparisons help people draw preparative lessons for improved future performance.’
    • ‘For bone marrow transplantation, to get a stem cell transplant to work, you need to treat the host with lethal doses of preparative irradiation, which has severe side effects.’
    preliminary, initial, prior, introductory, prefatory, opening, basic, elementary, fundamental, rudimentary, precursory, initiatory
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noun

  • A preparatory act, procedure, or circumstance.

    ‘parents send children to these schools as a preparative for worldly success’
    • ‘In firing by grand divisions, the centre officer falls back, on the preparative, into the fourth rank, and is replaced by the covering serjeant.’
    • ‘Even officially negotiated treaties were rather the preparatives for disputes than securities for peace.’
    • ‘Traherne continues to be instructive: ‘Flight is but the preparative: the sight / Is deep and infinite ’.’

Pronunciation

preparative

/prēˈperədiv//priˈpɛrədɪv/