pres·​er·​va·​tion·​ist ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce preservationist (audio)
: one who advocates preservation (as of a biological species or a historical landmark)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web ABeka Book, for instance, lauded the efforts of preservationist and Sierra Club founder John Muir in a reader intended for sixth graders. Neall Pogue, The Conversation, 30 Jan. 2023 Another positive aspect of the pandemic restrictions was being home with his husband, historic preservationist Robert Guter. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2022 Eva Encinias, a flamenco preservationist, says the form was an essential component of Gypsy heritage. al, 21 Nov. 2022 Her husband of 55 years, an engineer and Lutherville historical preservationist, died in 2017. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 4 Nov. 2022 Over the past few years, Abdiel has become both a hustle preservationist and a hustle evangelist. New York Times, 7 July 2022 But, over the decades, several slave dwellings have vanished, been torn down, or turned into bed and breakfasts, offices, garages, etc., according to preservationist Jobie Hill, founder of the Saving Slave Houses Project. Char Adams, NBC News, 14 Aug. 2022 In a two-part story at Platform, historic preservationist Randall Mason illuminates how the remains of the Rwandan genocide are preserved. Annalisa Bolin, Longreads, 28 July 2022 Partin described himself a preservationist and hopes to attract another restaurant. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preservationist was in 1927

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“Preservationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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