from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun That which is preparatory; something that prepares or paves the way; a preparatory measure or act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That serves to prepare something
  • adjective preliminary or preparatory
  • noun Something to be done in preparation; a preliminary

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

  • adjective preceding and preparing for something


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