state of preservation

noun phrase

: the condition in which something has been kept
The ancient paintings were found in a perfect state of preservation.
The shrine is in a poor state of preservation.

Examples of state of preservation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 280-million-year-old reptile specimen has been hailed for the remarkable state of preservation of its skin, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Amanda Kooser, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Bog bodies are remarkable for their state of preservation: The best-conserved example, the 2,000-year-old Tollund Man, even retained his facial hair. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 Their poor state of preservation may frustrate efforts to extract DNA for analysis that could help identify their relation to one another, but the team remains hopeful. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 As for the Bentley, with its storied provenance and impeccable state of preservation, it’s estimated to fetch as much as $1.6 million. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 25 Sep. 2023

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“State of preservation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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