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  • noun Plural form of preparative.


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  • In the general treatment of febrile diseases, so-called preparatives and digestives are first employed to ripen the humors, after which evacuatives (emetics, cathartics, sudorifics, and occasionally even venesection) are utilized for the discharge of these peccant humors.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • [4275] One drop of their chemical preparatives shall do more good than all their fulsome potions.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • These are most used for preparatives to other physic, mixed with distilled waters of like nature, or in juleps otherwise.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • All these yet are nothing to those [4272] chemical preparatives of

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • And for those who took a more serious view of aeronautics, the religious quarters had flung out an attractive colony of devotional chapels, while a host of brilliant medical establishments competed to supply physical preparatives for the journey.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • But neither can I bear, it seems, the preparatives to matrimony, the fine clothes, the compliments, the busy novelty, as he calls it, the new equipages, and so forth.


  • A messenger was immediately despatched with an account of our misfortune, till whose return we employed ourselves in preparatives for our departure, that we might have nothing to do but to swallow our breakfast when it arrived.

    The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

  • But the Pequod was only making a passage now; not regularly cruising; nearly all whaling preparatives needing supervision the mates were fully competent to, so that there was little or nothing, out of himself, to employ or excite Ahab, now; and thus chase away, for that one interval, the clouds that layer upon layer were piled upon his brow, as ever all clouds choose the loftiest peaks to pile themselves upon.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • But, dismissing all these violent medicines, that are of a bad character and import, I proceed to notice such as are holy, true and saving; these I distribute into preparatives and aphaeretics or removers, of this dissension.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 1

  • To the class of preparatives belong, (1.) in the first place,

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 1


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