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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Wright's prose-poetry style has always resisted categorization, and simply blown apart convention; An Amble will surely serve as a conservation not just of nature but of Wright's indelible voice, which is sorely missed. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 Australian Environment Minister Melissa Price said the IWC would continue to have a crucial role in ensuring the conservation of whales and the management of whaling. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan to Resume Commercial Whale Hunting," 25 Dec. 2018 It is designed to illustrate the principle of conservation of angular momentum and includes handy tips on how to optimize your chances of successfully performing the trick. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the key to performing the flipping water bottle trick," 8 Oct. 2018 It so important for the conservation of whales in the entire world but especially in the South Atlantic. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Proposal to create whale sanctuary in S Atlantic defeated," 11 Sep. 2018 Orchid Workshop Meets 1st Tuesday: Boca Raton Garden Club hosts guest speakers about conservation of rare plants, animals and ecosystems, 1 p.m. BRGC clubhouse, 4281 NW 3rd Ave. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The Michigan Wildlife Council facilitates public conversation about how human activity affects wildlife and highlights the critical role that wildlife management plays in the conservation of the state’s natural resources. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 The book has an important social message as well, beyond the conservation of rhinos. Ray Rogers, Billboard, "Lava Records' CEO Jason Flom on His New Children's Book 'Lulu Is a Rhinoceros' & the Future of Rock 'n' Roll," 10 July 2018 The ten-week summer program is designed to instill leadership skills in the conservation of public land. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Campbell Creek restoration puts teens to work," 6 July 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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