adjective Date: 15th century preparing or serving to prepare for something ; introductorypreparatorily adverb

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  • Preparatory — Pre*par a*to*ry, a. [L. praeparatorius: cf. F. pr[ e]paratoire.] Preparing the way for anything by previous measures of adaptation; antecedent and adapted to what follows; introductory; preparative; as, a preparatory school; a preparatory… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preparatory — [prē par′ə tôr΄ē, pripar′ə tôr΄ē; prep′ə rətôr΄ē] adj. [ME < ML praeparatorius] 1. that prepares or serves to prepare; preliminary; introductory ☆ 2. undergoing preparation, esp. for college entrance [a preparatory student] preparatory to in… …   English World dictionary

  • preparatory — I adjective anticipatory, beginning, early, expectant, foundational, inaugural, inceptive, incipient, initial, initiative, initiatory, introductory, opening, precautionary, precedent, preceding, precursory, prefatory, preliminary, preludial,… …   Law dictionary

  • preparatory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) serving as or carrying out preparation. 2) Brit. relating to education in a preparatory school …   English terms dictionary

  • preparatory — (adj.) early 15c., from L.L. praeparatorius, from L. praeparatus (see PREPARATION (Cf. preparation)). Earlier in same sense was preparative (late 14c.). Applied from 1822 to junior schools in which pupils are prepared for a higher school …   Etymology dictionary

  • preparatory — *preliminary, introductory, prefatory Analogous words: fitting, preparing, qualifying, readying, conditioning (see PREPARE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • preparatory — [adj] introductory, basic before, elementary, in advance of, in anticipation of, inductive, opening, precautionary, prefatory, preliminary, prelusive, prep*, preparative, previous, primary, prior to; concepts 546,585 Ant. auxiliary, supplementary …   New thesaurus

  • preparatory — [[t]prɪpæ̱rətri, AM tɔːri[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Preparatory actions are done before doing something else as a form of preparation or as an introduction. At least a year s preparatory work will be necessary before building can start.… …   English dictionary

  • preparatory — pre|par|a|to|ry [prıˈpærətəri US to:ri] adj 1.) [only before noun] done in order to get ready for something ▪ preparatory talks to clear the way for a peace settlement ▪ preparatory drawings ▪ A lot of preparatory work still needs to be done. 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preparatory — preparatorily, adv. /pri par euh tawr ee, tohr ee, pair , prep euhr euh /, adj. 1. serving or designed to prepare: preparatory arrangements. 2. preliminary; introductory: preparatory remarks. 3. of or pertaining to training that prepares for more …   Universalium

  • preparatory — pre|par|a|to|ry1 [ prı perə,tɔri ] adjective done as preparation for something else: preparatory training preparatory pre|par|a|to|ry 2 [ prı perə,tɔri ] adverb FORMAL preparatory to before something else as a preparation for it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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