con·​ser·​van·​cy kən-ˈsər-vən(t)-sē How to pronounce conservancy (audio)
plural conservancies
British : a board regulating fisheries and navigation in a river or port
: an organization or area designated to conserve and protect natural resources

Examples of conservancy in a Sentence

The land was recently donated to a local conservancy. raising money for the conservancy of natural resources
Recent Examples on the Web The Catawba Lands Conservancy reached an easement agreement with the longtime Charlotte station this week, enabling the conservancy to develop three miles of trails up Spencer Mountain in Gaston County. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 Her tour guide was a local expert who had discovered several ancient sites within the conservancy, including a burial complex. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 The findings were a result of years of research on animals and insects in a nature conservancy in Kenya. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 Advertisement At a recent community forum, however, passions seemed to ebb slightly when Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn urged the conservancy to consider alternatives to the eradication plan. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 The book recaps Spears’ rise to fame, her relationship with Justin Timberlake and her life under a 13-year conservancy. Gary Trust, Billboard, 30 Jan. 2024 Today the government counts 86 communal conservancies covering more than 20% of the country’s territory. Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Jan. 2024 On a conservancy of Kenya, lions are struggling to hunt zebras. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 25 Jan. 2024 However, conservancy and state officials intend to remove carcasses from the vicinity of Avalon and roadsides. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English conservancie "act of conserving or keeping safe," borrowed from Medieval Latin conservantia "conservation, office of a conservator," noun derivative of Latin conservant-, conservans, present participle of conservāre "to save or keep from danger, preserve, keep unchanged" — more at conserve entry 1

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conservancy was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Conservancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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