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Meaning of preservative

pre•serv•a•tive

Pronunciation: (pri-zûr'vu-tiv), [key]
— n.
  1. something that preserves or tends to preserve.
  2. a chemical substance used to preserve foods or other organic materials from decomposition or fermentation.
—adj.
  1. tending to preserve.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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