en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ist | \ in-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-tə-ləst How to pronounce environmentalist (audio) , -ˌvī(-ə)r(n)- \

Definition of environmentalist

1 : an advocate of environmentalism
2 : one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment with respect to the control of pollution

Examples of environmentalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s Earth Month, one of my favorite times of year as an environmentalist. ELLE, 23 Apr. 2022 One of Poseidon’s local supporters is Shirley Dettloff, a former Huntington Beach mayor and former member of the state Coastal Commission who as an environmentalist fought to protect the Bolsa Chica wetlands from development. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Find out more from the Conservation Commission’s Brad Robinson, former environmentalist at DEEP, on various invasive plant species affecting our native environments and becoming an increasing problem will be discussed. courant.com, 9 Mar. 2022 In 2015, an environmentalist named Gabriel Paun was beaten unconscious by loggers. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 23 Feb. 2022 Maggy Hurchalla, an environmentalist who fought to protect Florida’s wetlands and was a staunch supporter of her sister Janet Reno, the former U.S. attorney general, has died. sun-sentinel.com, 21 Feb. 2022 She’s not the only environmentalist in the Johnson family orbit, though. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 An introduction to neighborhood environmentalist, Dennis Chestnut, who had his own link to ACM was also key. Katrina Lashley, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2022 First, Prince George sounds like a smart and precocious young environmentalist. Marie Claire Editors, Marie Claire, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of environmentalist

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Environmentalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environmentalist. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ist | \ -ᵊl-əst How to pronounce environmentalist (audio) \

Medical Definition of environmentalist

1 : an advocate of environmentalism
2 : one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment with respect to the control of pollution

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