conservator

noun con·ser·va·tor \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər , -və-ˌtȯr ; ˈkän(t)-sər-ˌvā-tər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of conservator

1 a :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

conservatorial

play \kən-ˌsər-və-ˈtȯr-ē-əl, (ˌ)kän-\ adjective

conservatorship

play \kən-ˈsər-və-tər-ˌship, -və-ˌtȯr-; ˈkän(t)-sər-ˌvā-tər-\ noun

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First Known Use of conservator

15th century


Law Dictionary

conservator

noun 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

conservatorship

noun


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