preparative

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pre·par·a·tive

 (prĭ-păr′ə-tĭv, -pâr′-)
adj.
Serving or tending to prepare or make ready; preliminary.
n.
Something that prepares for or acts as a preliminary to something following.

pre·par′a·tive·ly adv.

preparative

(prɪˈpærətɪv)
adj
serving to prepare; preparatory
n
something that prepares
preˈparatively adv

pre•par•a•tive

(prɪˈpær ə tɪv, -ˈpɛər-)

adj.
1. preparatory.
n.
2. something that prepares; preparation.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin]
pre•par′a•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.preparative - preceding and preparing for something; "preparatory steps"
preceding - existing or coming before
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But the Pequod was only making a passage now; not regularly cruising; nearly all whaling preparatives needing supervision the mates were fully competent to, so that there was little or nothing, out of himself, to employ or excite Ahab, now; and thus chase away, for that one interval, the clouds that layer upon layer were piled upon his brow, as ever all clouds choose the loftiest peaks to pile themselves upon.

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