Part of speech: adjective

Serving or tending to preserve.

Part of speech: noun

That which serves or tends to preserve.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "preservative":

  1. The woman just born in her, instinctive and self- preservative, shut that door before she had more than a glimpse inside. - "The Mysterious Rider", Zane Grey.
  2. Powdered arsenic or some other preservative should be put in the body of the larva with the cotton used in stuffing it, and the slit closed by a few stitches, when the larva may be dried and mounted on a twig or leaf. - "Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects", C. V. Riley.
  3. But Yorkville was at last decided on, an appellation preservative in part of the name just discarded in 1834 by Toronto. - "Toronto of Old", Henry Scadding.