I. noun Date: 14th century something that prepares the way for or serves as a preliminary to something else ; preparation II. adjective Date: circa 1530 preparatorypreparatively adverb

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  • preparative — PREPARATÍVE s.f. pl. Pregătiri speciale făcute în vederea unei acţiunii; acţiune premergătoare. – Din fr. préparatifs. Trimis de RACAI, 22.11.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  PREPARATÍVE s. pl. 1. preliminarii (pl.). (preparativele unei întâlniri… …   Dicționar Român

  • Preparative — Pre*par a*tive, a. [Cf. F. pr[ e]paratif.] Tending to prepare or make ready; having the power of preparing, qualifying, or fitting; preparatory. [1913 Webster] Laborious quest of knowledge preparative to this work. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preparative — Pre*par a*tive, n. [1913 Webster] 1. That which has the power of preparing, or previously fitting for a purpose; that which prepares. A preparative unto sermons. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is done in the way of preparation. Necessary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preparative — index preliminary, preparatory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • preparative — [prē par′ə tiv, pripar′ə tiv] adj. [ME preparatif < MFr < ML praeparativus] PREPARATORY n. 1. something preparatory 2. a preparation preparatively adv …   English World dictionary

  • preparative — adjective a) That serves to prepare something preparative chromatography b) preliminary or preparatory preparative discussions …   Wiktionary

  • preparative — preparatively, adv. /pri par euh tiv, pair /, adj. 1. preparatory. n. 2. something that prepares. 3. a preparation. [1400 50; late ME preparatif < MF < ML praeparativus. See PREPARATION, IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • preparatíve — s. f. pl …   Romanian orthography

  • preparative — pre·par·a·tive || prɪ pærÉ™tɪv adj. readying, serving to prepare; serving to put into the proper condition; of preparation, pertaining to the act of making ready …   English contemporary dictionary

  • preparative — adjective preparatory. noun a thing which acts as a preparation. Derivatives preparatively adverb …   English new terms dictionary

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