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preservativenoun

uk   /prɪˈzɜː.və.tɪv/ us   /prɪˈzɝː.və.t̬ɪv/
[C or U] a substance used to prevent decay in wood: a timber/wood preservative The fence has been treated with preservative.
[C] a chemical used to stop food from decaying: This bread is completely free from artificial preservatives. No added preservatives. natural preservatives
(Definition of preservative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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preservativenoun [C/U]

us   /prɪˈzɜr·və·t̬ɪv/
a substance that treats food in a particular way so it can be kept for a long time without going bad: [C] artificial/natural preservatives
(Definition of preservative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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