from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Serving to make ready or prepare; introductory. See Synonyms at preliminary.
- adj. Relating to or engaged in study or training that serves as preparation for advanced education: a preparatory course; preparatory students.
- adv. In preparation for. Used with to: thoroughly cleaned the house preparatory to our departure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to preparation, having the purpose of making something or someone ready, preparative
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Preparing the way for anything by previous measures of adaptation; antecedent and adapted to what follows; introductory; preparative
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preparing or serving to prepare the way for something to follow; antecedent; preparative; introductory: as, to adopt preparatory measures.
- In course of preparation; receiving preparative instruction or training: as, a preparatory student.
- n. A preparative.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. preceding and preparing for something
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