from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving or tending to prepare or make ready; preliminary.
  • n. Something that prepares for or acts as a preliminary to something following.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That serves to prepare something
  • adj. preliminary or preparatory
  • n. Something to be done in preparation; a preliminary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to prepare or make ready; having the power of preparing, qualifying, or fitting; preparatory.
  • n. That which has the power of preparing, or previously fitting for a purpose; that which prepares.
  • n. That which is done in the way of preparation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving or tending to prepare or make ready; preparatory.
  • a business meeting, or meeting for discipline, held before the monthly meeting, to which it is subordinate;
  • the organization which holds the meeting. Each monthly meeting has usually two or more preparative meetings connected with it.
  • n. That which is preparatory; something that prepares or paves the way; a preparatory measure or act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. preceding and preparing for something


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