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English definition of “fixative”


noun [C or U]     /ˈfɪk.sə.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
a substance that holds something in position : a fixative for dentures Glues and gluing and stickiness a chemical used to treat photographic material in order to preserve its colour Photography
(Definition of fixative noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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