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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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