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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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Definitions of preparatory from WordNet

preparatory (adj.)
preceding and preparing for something;
preparatory steps
Synonyms: preparative / propaedeutic
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