Origin of preparative
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Examples from the Web for preparative
But the preparative for a public appearance is not yet complete.
Every thing that met the eye in Paris was a preparative for war.
Worming is generally resorted to as a preparative for serving.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
This action is also a preparative to a renewal of the gracious experience.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
May not this stage of being then be only an introduction to a preparative for another?Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)
- serving to prepare; preparatory
- something that prepares
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