conservation

noun
con·ser·va·tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-shən \

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, -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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In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization. Khaled Kazziha, BostonGlobe.com, "7 endangered rhinos dead in Kenya relocation bid," 13 July 2018 In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization. Washington Post, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization. Khaled Kazziha, chicagotribune.com, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization. Khaled Kazziha, Fox News, "7 endangered rhinos die in Kenya relocation bid: Official," 13 July 2018 There’s scant mention of conservation—a GOP hallmark in the past—or safeguarding the environment. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Nelson and environmentalists have also criticized Scott and the state Legislature for failing to use money approved by voters in 2014 for land acquisition purchases and conservation, including Everglades restoration. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 The Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal program that funnels oil and gas lease revenue towards conservation, provided much of the purchase's funding. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Rare mammals, hiking and more: Forest Service adds 835 acres to Eldorado National Forest," 9 July 2018 Workshops suited for ages 8-12 are offered on fishing, shooting sports, conservation, camping, water sports and emergency preparedness. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Family fun: Summer workshops, military day, boat show best bets for weekend," 20 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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conservation

noun

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

conservation

noun
con·ser·va·tion | \ ˌkän-sər-ˈvā-shən \

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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