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Meaning of PRESERVATIVE

Pronunciation:  pri'zurvutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a chemical compound that is added to protect against decay or decomposition
  2. [adj]  tending or having the power to preserve; "the timbers should be treated with a preservative"
 

PRESERVATIVE is a 12 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: protective
 
 See Also: chemical compound, compound, spice

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pre*serv"a*tive\, a. [Cf. F. pr['e]servatif.]
    Having the power or quality of preserving; tending to
    preserve, or to keep from injury, decay, etc.
    
    
  2. \Pre*serv"a*tive\, n.
    That which preserves, or has the power of preserving; a
    presevative agent.
    
          To wear tablets as preservatives against the plague.
                                                   --Bacon.
    
    
 

 

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