Part of speech: adjective

Serving as a preparation.

Part of speech: adjective

Occupied in preparation. preparative.

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Usage examples "preparatory":

  1. All this is but preparatory. - "Brother Copas", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
  2. That summer I took a rest, preparatory to my first season,- how thrillingly professional that sounded, to be sure! - "Memoirs of an American Prima Donna", Clara Louise Kellogg.
  3. " We're both in the Preparatory, you know," Cornelia explained. - "The Coast of Bohemia", William Dean Howells.