Definition of preparative in English:


Pronunciation /prēˈperədiv/ /priˈpɛrədɪv/


  • Preparatory.

    ‘months of preparative work’
    • ‘She had already begun preparative work after she graduated from ENS.’
    • ‘For bone marrow transplantation, to get a stem cell transplant to work, you need to treat the host with lethal doses of preparative irradiation, which has severe side effects.’
    • ‘More than 30 companies will be represented at the Trade Exhibition where they will occupy over 70 stands displaying and demonstrating a variety of microscopes, accessories, preparative equipment and consumables.’
    • ‘The last part of the book, ‘Tools and Methods for Experiments and Measurements’, encompasses a variety of preparative methods and experimental designs offering an insight into the formulation of emulsions and suspensions.’
    • ‘Research suggests that counterfactual comparisons help people draw preparative lessons for improved future performance.’
    preliminary, initial, prior, introductory, prefatory, opening, basic, elementary, fundamental, rudimentary, preparative, precursory, initiatory


  • A preparatory act, procedure, or circumstance.

    • ‘parents send children to these schools as a preparative for worldly success’