con·​ser·​va·​tion·​ist ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce conservationist (audio)
: a person who advocates conservation especially of natural resources

Examples of conservationist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the late 1950s, the accomplished botanist and conservationist became the second owner of a spec house for an unrealized cul-de-sac development of concrete masonry residences. Jessica Ritz, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 That’s why conservationists are concerned that the appearance of these tigers could be a symptom of inbreeding in isolated tiger populations. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 That’s where conservationists and wildlife agencies can come in, with private-public partnerships to get those solutions in place on the ground. Ben Long, The Denver Post, 13 Feb. 2024 And though the species is in decline, conservationists hold out hope management efforts in the Badger State could be key to its survival. Paul Smith, Journal Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2024 The conservationists’ goal with this $40 million project was not just to restore a natural habitat, but also to pilot a solution to the massive water management crisis that has bedeviled California and the West for decades. Jake Bittle, WIRED, 6 Jan. 2024 As conservationists increasingly recognize beavers as crucial to maintaining healthy wetlands, rewilding programs are eagerly reintroducing the web-footed architects to their old habitats. Paige Madison, Discover Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 Even beyond grain moths, invasive species are a growing concern for conservationists and scientists working in Antarctica. Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 Shark fishing tournaments became popular in the United States and only recently have declined thanks in part to pressure from conservationists and increasing public awareness. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conservationist was in 1870

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“Conservationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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con·​ser·​va·​tion·​ist ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nəst How to pronounce conservationist (audio)
: a person who is in favor of conservation especially of natural resources (as forests)

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