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

Other Words from conservation

conservational \ ˌkän(t)-​sər-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce conservation (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
Recent Examples on the Web The conservation area is located just outside of Hawaii. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 11 May 2022 Those groups contend the swap offers no net gain for conservation and would lead to ever more encroachment on public lands. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 And the company has paired development efforts with the sale of more than 1,000 acres of land to the state for conservation., 5 May 2022 Some of those reduction will come through payments for water conservation in farming areas, including payments to growers who leave some fields dry and unplanted. Ian Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 The trip will provide a truly unique experience for conservation-minded travellers. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 For every acre of land impacted by De Beers’s mining activities, the brand sets aside six acres for wildlife and biodiversity conservation. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 24 Apr. 2022 Last year, three children looking for lost cattle were killed in a lion attack near the Ngorongoro conservation area in Northern Tanzania. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 The event was paused for World War II, then for conservation after the war, and then because of construction around the White House. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Conservation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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