KJV Dictionary Definition: preparable


PREPA'RABLE, a. See Prepare. That may be prepared.


PREPARA'TION, n. L. proeparatio. See Prepare.

1. The act or operation of preparing or fitting for a particular purpose,use, service or condition; as the preparation of land for a crop of wheat; the preparation of troops for a campaign; the preparation of a nation for war; the preparation of men for future happiness. Preparation is intended to prevent evil or secure good.

2. Previous measures of adaptation.

I will show what preparations there were in nature for this dissolution.

3. Ceremonious introduction. Unusual.

4. That which is prepared, made or compounded for a particular purpose.

I wish the chimists had been more sparing, who magnify their preparations.

5. The state of being prepared or in readiness; as a nation in good preparation for attack or defense.

6. Accomplishment; qualification. Not in use.

7. In pharmacy, any medicinal substance fitted for the use of the patient.

8. In anatomy, the parts of animal bodies prepared and preserved for anatomical uses.

Preparation of dissonances, in music, is their disposition in harmony in such a manner that by something congenial in what precedes, they may be rendered less harsh to the ear than they would be without such preparation.

Preparation of medicines, the process of fitting any substance for use in the art of healing.


PREPAR'ATIVE,a. Tending to prepare or make ready; having the power of preparing, qualifying or fitting for any thing; preparatory.

He spent much time in quest of knowledge preparative to this work.

PREPAR'ATIVE, n. That which has the power of preparing or previously fitting for a purpose; that which prepares.

Resolvedness in sin can with no reason be imagined a preparative to remission.

1. That which is done to prevent an evil or secure some good.

The miseries we suffer may be preparative of future blessings.

2. Preparation; as, to make the necessary preparatives for a voyage.


PREPAR'ATIVELY, adv. By way of preparation.


PREPA'RE, v.t. L. paro.

1. In a general sense, to fit, adapt or qualify for a particular purpose, end, use, service or state, by any means whatever. We prepare ground for seed by tillage; we prepare cloth for use by dressing; we prepare medicines by pulverization, mixture, &c.; we prepare young men for college by previous instruction; men are prepared for professions by suitable study; holiness of heart is necessary to prepare men for the enjoyment of happiness with holy beings.

2. To make ready; as, to prepare the table for entertaining company.

3. To provide; to procure as suitable; as, to prepare arms, ammunition and provisions for troops; to prepare ships for defense.

Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. 2 Sam.15.

4. To set; to establish.

The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens. Ps.103.

5. To appoint.

It shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. Matt.20.

6. To guide, direct or establish. 1 Chron. 29.

PREPA'RE, v.i. To make all things ready; to put things in suitable order; as, prepare for dinner.

1. To take the necessary previous measures.

Dido preparing to kill herself.

2. To make one's self ready.

Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. Amos.4.

PREPA'RE, n. Preparation. Not in use.


PREPA'RED, pp. Fitted; adapted; made suitable; made ready; provided.


PREPA'RER, n. One that prepares, fits or makes ready.

1. One that provides.

2. That which fits or makes suitable; as, certain manures are preparers of land for particular crops.


PREPA'RING, ppr. Fitting; adapting; making ready; providing.