con·​ser·​va·​tor | \kən-ˈsər-və-tər, -və-ˌtȯr;ˈkän(t)-sər-ˌvā-tər\

Definition of conservator 

1a : one that preserves from injury or violation : protector

b : one that is responsible for the care, restoration, and repair of archival or museum articles

2 : a person, official, or institution designated to take over and protect the interests of an incompetent

3 : an official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests

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Other Words from conservator

conservatorial \ kən-​ˌsər-​və-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl , (ˌ)kän-​ \ adjective
conservatorship \ kən-​ˈsər-​və-​tər-​ˌship , -​və-​ˌtȯr-​ ; ˈkän(t)-​sər-​ˌvā-​tər-​ \ noun

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The paper and printing industry, artists who use paper and museum conservators have all studied remedies for curling. New York Times, "Straight Talk on Why Wrapping Paper Curls," 25 May 2018 In an attempt to stop the sales, St. Augustine's National Foundation filed a lawsuit in 2008 in U.S. District Court against the conservator of the cemeteries, claiming the foundation's bid for the lands had been unfairly treated. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018 Jack Osborn, a lawyer for all 13 children of David and Louise Turpin, said no decision was reached Thursday on appointing the Riverside County Public Guardian as the long-term conservator of the seven adult children. Fox News, "Latest: Adult children of couple accused of abuse in court," 22 June 2018 But conservators worry that increases in humidity, which foster the growth of bacteria and fungi, will damage the wall paintings if the doors are opened frequently. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tomb," 12 July 2018 The painting belongs to former casino mogul Steve Wynn, and was pulled from the exhibition so conservators can restore the piece, ABC reported. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, "Picasso painting worth $70 million 'accidentally' damaged before auction," 14 May 2018 Art conservators spend years learning about the chemistry of paint and how to clean with chemical solutions that remove grime but not the painting’s pigments. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Jackson Pollock painting gets a cleaning, and the public gets to watch," 29 Apr. 2018 In many cases, these clinics are mandatory for conservators. Doug Williams,, "What is conservatorship and how do I get it?," 25 Apr. 2018 Most remain in the Archives conservation lab, where conservators are working to stabilize the paper and repair minor tears. Jonathan M. Pitts,, "Newly acquired letters illuminate the lives of Maryland's 'Old Line' soldiers," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conservator

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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con·​ser·​va·​tor | \kən-ˈsər-və-tər, ˈkän-sər-ˌvā- \

Legal Definition of conservator 

1 : a person, official, or institution appointed by a court to take over and manage the estate of an incompetent — compare committee, curator, guardian, receiver, tutor

2 : a public official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests specifically : an official placed in charge of a bank because its affairs are not in a satisfactory condition

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conservatorship noun

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