con·​ser·​va·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce conservation (audio) \

Definition of conservation

1 : a careful preservation and protection of something especially : planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect water conservation wildlife conservation
2 : the preservation of a physical quantity during transformations or reactions

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conservational \ ˌkän(t)-​sər-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce conservational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of conservation in a Sentence

They are trying to raise money for conservation. the conservation of the environment She specializes in the conservation of furniture. the conservation of religious shrines
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Recent Examples on the Web Government entities, conservation groups and the marine industry invest vast sums of money and effort in promoting angling best practices. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 Along with tours, Bombay Sapphire offers cocktail master classes, botanical supper clubs, and horticultural tours through the surrounding conservation area. Washington Post, "Spirit Tourism: Britain sees spike in visits to distilleries," 22 Jan. 2020 Adding the new parcel would ensure that nearly 600,000 acres in that conservation area would be permanently protected. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida to Buy Everglades Parcel to Save It From Oil Drilling," 15 Jan. 2020 But the 880-odd tracks that lace the state’s national parks, reserves, and conservation areas each have their own unique aspects. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "What makes Tasmania an outdoor lover’s dream?," 29 Dec. 2019 But several conservation groups and the Michigan Environmental Council supported the veto. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer vetoes bill that would have repealed Michigan ban on baiting deer," 19 Dec. 2019 Two alternatives could allow lease sales on lands previously designated as special conservation areas under the Obama administration. CBS News, "Trump administration may allow drilling in Alaskan conservation areas," 22 Nov. 2019 Two alternatives could allow lease sales on lands previously designated as special conservation areas under the Obama administration. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "BLM to consider expanded drilling in Alaska oil reserve," 22 Nov. 2019 Summit Metro Parks manages more than 14,000 acres across 16 parks, several conservation areas and more than 150 miles of trails, including 22 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Summit Metro Parks seeks March ballot issue to increase taxes," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of conservation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conservation

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin conservation-, conservatio, from conservare — see conserve entry 1

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The first known use of conservation was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conservation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conservation

: the protection of animals, plants, and natural resources
: the careful use of natural resources (such as trees, oil, etc.) to prevent them from being lost or wasted
: the things that are done to keep works of art or things of historical importance in good condition


con·​ser·​va·​tion | \ ˌkän-sər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce conservation (audio) \

Kids Definition of conservation

: planned management of something (as natural resources or historic places) to prevent waste, destruction, damage, or neglect

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