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 conservator (audio) , (ˌ)kän-​ \ adjective
conservatorship \ kən-​ˈsər-​və-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce conservator (audio) , -​və-​ˌtȯr-​ ; ˈkän(t)-​sər-​ˌvā-​tər-​ \ noun

Examples of conservator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weeks after the alleged altercation, court documents revealed that Jamie was stepping down as his daughter's personal conservator. Brianne Tracy,, 6 Oct. 2021 Her father, Jamie Spears, was also her personal conservator, which included making medical and health decisions, until 2019. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 3 Oct. 2021 Per Variety, Judge Brenda Penny ruled to remove Britney's father as conservator and temporarily replacing him with accountant John Zabel. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 3 Oct. 2021 Earlier in the week, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny agreed with a petition from Spears and her attorney that Jamie Spears needed to give up his role as conservator. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 2 Oct. 2021 Jamie Spears was appointed as conservator by a California court in 2008. Naomi Cahn, The Conversation, 30 Sep. 2021 Jamie Spears was appointed as his daughter's conservator in 2008. NBC News, 1 July 2021 Her personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery, took over on an ongoing temporary basis from her father in September 2019, after Mr. Spears stepped down, citing health problems. New York Times, 30 June 2021 According to USA Today, Spears has instead requested the appointment of Jodi Montgomery, her personal conservator who was selected by the state in 2019 after her father temporarily stepped down from his responsibilities due to health concerns. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of conservator

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

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“Conservator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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