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preparatory

[pri-par-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -pair-, prep-er-uh-] /prɪˈpær əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈpɛər-, ˈprɛp ər ə-/
adjective
1.
serving or designed to prepare:
preparatory arrangements.
2.
preliminary; introductory:
preparatory remarks.
3.
of or pertaining to training that prepares for more advanced education.
Idioms
4.
preparatory to, in advance of; before:
The astronauts met with the press preparatory to lifting off.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin praeparātōrius. See prepare, -tory1
Related forms
preparatorily, adverb
nonpreparatory, adjective
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  • More preparatory propaganda to get you ready to accept the food police telling you what you can and cannot eat.
  • Teaching a full course entirely on your own is the ultimate preparatory experience.
  • In learning to write availably, a newspaper-office is a capital preparatory school.
  • He's attending a college preparatory school, he's on the honor roll.
British Dictionary definitions for preparatory

preparatory

/prɪˈpærətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
serving to prepare
2.
introductory or preliminary
3.
occupied in preparation
4.
preparatory to, as a preparation to; before: a drink preparatory to eating
Derived Forms
preparatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preparatory
adj.

early 15c., from Late Latin praeparatorius, from Latin praeparatus (see preparation). Earlier in same sense was preparative (late 14c.). Applied from 1822 to junior schools in which pupils are "prepared" for a higher school.

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