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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·par·a·tive /prɪˈpærətɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·par·a·tive a.  Tending to prepare or make ready; having the power of preparing, qualifying, or fitting; preparatory.
    Laborious quest of knowledge preparative to this work.   -- South.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·par·a·tive, n.
 1. That which has the power of preparing, or previously fitting for a purpose; that which prepares. “A preparative unto sermons.”
 2. That which is done in the way of preparation. “Necessary preparatives for our voyage.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : preceding and preparing for something; "preparatory steps"
            [syn: preparatory, propaedeutic]