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Definitions for preparative
prɪˈpær ə tɪv, -ˈpɛər-prepar·a·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preparatory, preparative, propaedeuticadjective

    preceding and preparing for something

    "preparatory steps"


  1. preparativeadjective

    That serves to prepare something

    preparative chromatography

  2. preparativeadjective

    preliminary or preparatory

    preparative discussions

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preparativeadjective

    Having the power of preparing or qualifying.

    Etymology: preparatis, Fr. from prepare.

    Would men have spent toilsome days and watchful nights in the laborious quest of knowledge preparative to this work. Robert South, Sermons.

  2. Preparativenoun

    Etymology: preparatif, Fr. from prepare.

    They tell us the profit of reading is singular, in that it serveth for a preparative unto sermons. Richard Hooker.

    My book of advancement of learning may be some preparative or key for the better opening of the instauration. Francis Bacon.

    Resolvedness in sin can, with no reason, be imagined a preparative to remission. Decay of Piety.

    The miseries, which have ensued, may be yet, through thy mercy, preparatives to us of future blessings. Charles I .

    Such a temper is a contradiction to repentance, as being founded in the destruction of those qualities, which are the only dispositions and preparatives to it. Robert South, Sermons.

    What avails it to make all the necessary preparatives for our voyage, if we do not actually begin the journey. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preparativeadjective

    tending to prepare or make ready; having the power of preparing, qualifying, or fitting; preparatory

  2. Preparativenoun

    that which has the power of preparing, or previously fitting for a purpose; that which prepares

  3. Preparativenoun

    that which is done in the way of preparation

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. prparatif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preparative in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preparative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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