What does preservative mean?

Definitions for preservative
prɪˈzɜr və tɪvpreser·va·tive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preservative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. preservativeadjective

    a chemical compound that is added to protect against decay or decomposition

  2. preservativeadjective

    tending or having the power to preserve

    "timbers should be treated with a preservative substance"


  1. preservativenoun

    (countable) any agent, natural or artificial that acts to preserve, especially when added to food

    Salt, sugar, and acid all act as preservatives when making pickles.

  2. preservativeadjective

    tending to preserve

    The curators took preservative actions to maintain the ancient collection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preservativeadjective

    having the power or quality of preserving; tending to preserve, or to keep from injury, decay, etc

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prservatif.]

  2. Preservativenoun

    that which preserves, or has the power of preserving; a presevative agent

    Etymology: [Cf. F. prservatif.]


  1. Preservative

    A preservative is a naturally occurring or synthetically produced substance that is added to products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, paints, biological samples, wood, etc. to prevent decomposition by microbial growth or by undesirable chemical changes. There are two types of preservatives. Class I preservatives and other one is Class II preservatives.

How to pronounce preservative?

How to say preservative in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preservative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preservative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of preservative in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Rickaby:

    A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.

Images & Illustrations of preservative

  1. preservativepreservativepreservativepreservativepreservative

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for preservative

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for preservative »


Find a translation for the preservative definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these preservative definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "preservative." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 22 Sep. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/preservative>.

    Are we missing a good definition for preservative? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    • A. odometer
    • B. accident
    • C. empire
    • D. abdomen

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for preservative: