conservation

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

Definition of conservation

  1. 1 :  a careful preservation and protection of something; especially :  planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect

  2. 2 :  the preservation of a physical quantity during transformations or reactions

conservational

play \-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

Origin and Etymology of conservation

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin conservation-, conservatio, from conservare


First Known Use: 14th century



CONSERVATION Defined for English Language Learners

conservation

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

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

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

Definition of conservation for Students

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



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