Definition of preparative in US English:



  • Preparatory.

    ‘months of preparative work’
    • ‘She had already begun preparative work after she graduated from ENS.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Research suggests that counterfactual comparisons help people draw preparative lessons for improved future performance.’
    • ‘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.’
    preliminary, initial, prior, introductory, prefatory, opening, basic, elementary, fundamental, rudimentary, precursory, initiatory
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  • 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 ’.’