Preparative definition

prĭ-părə-tĭv, -pâr-
Serving or tending to prepare or make ready; preliminary.
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Something that prepares for or acts as a preliminary to something following.
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Something preparatory.
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A preparation.
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That serves to prepare something.

Preparative chromatography.

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Preparative discussions.

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Something to be done in preparation; a preliminary.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
preparative
Plural:
preparatives