con·​ser·​va·​tor | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər How to pronounce conservator (audio) , -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 How to pronounce conservatorial (audio) , (ˌ)kän-​ \ adjective
conservatorship \ kən-​ˈsər-​və-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce conservatorship (audio) , -​və-​ˌtȯr-​ ; ˈkän(t)-​sər-​ˌvā-​tər-​ \ noun

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After Tom McDonald’s death from cancer in 2010, Megan Hampton became her son’s sole conservator. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach man is charged with murder in death of his ‘devoted’ mother," 20 Aug. 2019 Conservatorship starts with a recommendation from a psychiatrist and involves an investigation by the city’s public conservator within its Human Services Agency and a hearing before a judge. Heather Knight,, "Why are more mentally ill people wandering SF streets? Report gives answers," 30 July 2019 Soon after, conservator Dianne Modestini began a painstaking restoration. Dana Jacobson, CBS News, "Is "Salvator Mundi" a real Leonardo da Vinci painting?," 22 June 2019 She was joined by her son, Kyle Johnson, who has been named her legal conservator by a court. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Nichelle Nichols Attends Star Trek Convention with Son amid Battle Over Her Conservatorship," 1 Aug. 2019 Chris Rosin, appointed the Oregon public guardian and conservator, in February said his office served as guardian for just 55 adults statewide, 11 of whom have intellectual or developmental disabilities., "Mother questions retaliation after advocating for son with developmental disabilities," 26 June 2019 Working with other physicists, as well as chemists and conservators, the senior imaging scientist has been using spectroscopy to probe famous artwork. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Physicists Discover Artwork Hidden Under Picasso's Paintings," 1 Jan. 2019 After winning the work, the dealers teamed up with a few others to hire Dianne Dwyer Modestini, a paintings conservator at New York University, to clean and study it. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "How a $450 Million da Vinci Was Lost in America—and Later Found," 18 Sep. 2018 South San Antonio Independent School District superintendent Abelardo Saavedra discusses the impending appointment of a state conservator at a board meeting on Feb. 9, 2016. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "South San ISD leaders hopeful as state oversight lifts," 21 Jan. 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- How to pronounce conservator (audio) \

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

Other Words from conservator

conservatorship noun

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