preparatory

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From Middle English preparatori, from Late Latin praeparatorius; surface analysis prepare +‎ -atory

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preparatory (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to preparation, having the purpose of making something or someone ready, preparative.
    I will conduct some preparatory research before choosing the new restaurant's location.
    • 1934, Henry G. Lamond, An Aviary On The Plains, page 47:
      A butcher bird has stirred, tuned its flute with a few preparatory notes.

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