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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The first Nobel Prize for Chemistry recognizing pioneering work in preparative organic chemistry was that to Victor Grignard from
They have, however, also been very useful in preparative chemistry and two Nobel Prizes have been awarded for such applications: 1912 to Grignard and 1963 to Ziegler and Natta.
They're asking a psychologist should do so-called preparative or conversion therapy on gay patients?
Their conversation is a kind of preparative for sleep; it takes the mind down from its abstractions, leads it into the familiar traces of thought, and lulls it into that state of tranquillity, which is the condition of a thinking man, when he is but half-awake.
Then we start preparative work: we learn the history, search for the images, develop the texture, choose the technique and draw sketches.
Another large group, preparative organic chemistry, has also been given its own section
She was not aware of it, however, any more than she was aware that her desire that Martin take a position was the instinctive and preparative impulse of motherhood.
She began her career in Pittsburgh as a Research Chemist developing characterization methods, especially preparative-scale liquid chromatographic separations, for the “Structural Definition of Synthetic Fuels” project in the Coal Science Division.
And since our Happiness in the next World, depends so far on those dispositions which we carry along with us out of this, that without a right habitude and temper of mind we are not capable of Felicity; and seeing our Beatitude consists in the contemplation of the divine Truth and Beauty, as well as in the fruition of his Goodness, can Ignorance be a fit preparative for Heaven?
Having thus briefly anatomised the body and soul of man, as a preparative to the rest; I may now freely proceed to treat of my intended object, to most men's capacity; and after many ambages, perspicuously define what this melancholy is, show his name and differences.
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