having the quality of preserving
Origin of preservativeMiddle English preseruatyve from Middle French preservatif from Medieval Latin praeservativus
anything that preserves; esp., a substance added to a food to keep it from spoiling
Tending to preserve or capable of preserving.
Something used to preserve, especially a chemical added to foods to inhibit spoilage.
- tending to preserve
- The curators took preservative actions to maintain the ancient collection.