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

conservational

play \ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of conservation in a Sentence

  1. They are trying to raise money for conservation.

  2. the conservation of the environment

  3. She specializes in the conservation of furniture.

  4. the conservation of religious shrines

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Origin and Etymology of conservation

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



CONSERVATION Defined for English Language Learners

conservation

noun

Definition of conservation for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

conservation

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

Definition of conservation for Students

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


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