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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Other Words from conservation

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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To hear Mary Alice in her own words about conservation and the sea turtles, go here. Southern Living, "Mary Alice Monroe: Saving Our Wildlife…One Book at a Time," 14 June 2018 The idea is to convince corporations that conservation is actually good for business. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "When a healthy environment is good business," 4 June 2018 She was inspired to see the diversity in backgrounds and beliefs of the young people who spoke, and explained to lawmakers why environmental conservation is important to her. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "How a group of teenagers convinced the Utah legislature to recognize climate change," 22 May 2018 Khan and her colleagues will be on hand in the Primates of the World building to educate people about orangutan conservation and sustainable palm oil production. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The zoo celebrates Mother's Day with free admission for (human) moms and advocacy for (orangutan) moms," 10 May 2018 Many of the new lodges have partnered with conservation programs. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Interior is also pushing for more roads in wilderness areas, dialing back conservation plans for wildlife, and selling leases for Arctic oil and gas drilling. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to the oil and gas industry: “Our government should work for you”," 21 Sep. 2018 The resulting genetic data could bring more effective conservation plans by revealing how some organisms are able to adapt to climate change — or how genetic mutations may be threatening to speed their demise. Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "The audacious plan to catalog all life on Earth," 14 June 2018 They were introduced as part of the Global Species Management Program, an international conservation plan the zoo takes part it. Bradley J. Fikes,, "San Diego Zoo breeds critically endangered leopards, producing 2 cubs," 1 June 2018

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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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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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