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PREPAR'ATIVE,adjective Tending to prepare or make ready; having the power of preparing, qualifying or fitting for any thing; preparatory.

He spent much time in quest of knowledge preparative to this work.

PREPAR'ATIVE, noun That which has the power of preparing or previously fitting for a purpose; that which prepares.

Resolvedness in sin can with no reason be imagined a preparative to remission.

1. That which is done to prevent an evil or secure some good.

The miseries we suffer may be preparative of future blessings.

2. Preparation; as, to make the necessary preparatives for a voyage.