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[kuh n-sur-vuh n-see] /kənˈsɜr vən si/
noun, plural conservancies.
conservation of natural resources.
an association dedicated to the protection of the environment and its resources.
British. a commission regulating navigation, fisheries, etc.
Origin of conservancy
1550-60; < Medieval Latin conservantia (see conserve, -ancy); replacing conservacy < Medieval Latin conservātia; see -acy
Related forms
conservant, adjective Unabridged
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  • And in 1868 the river Lea, another of the water suppliers, was placed under a conservancy Board.

    The Sanitary Evolution of London Henry Lorenzo Jephson
  • It is the duty of the conservancy officials to deal with all such stakes.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • The preservation of its amenities is not, strictly speaking, the object for which the conservancy exists.

  • As a matter of fact, if he does not do it, the conservancy does.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • To preserve an unimpeded channel may be taken as one of the great duties of the conservancy.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • Moneys paid to the Conservators to be carried to the conservancy Fund.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • The dykes had to be reconstructed and further measures of conservancy undertaken.

  • There had been an agitation throughout the whole of the conservancy district.

  • Some are built on ground leased from the conservancy, some on that of private owners.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • The Senator, however, was against it on conservancy grounds, and asked us what we thought of the population of Pisa.

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for conservancy


noun (pl) -cies
(in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
another word for conservation (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for conservancy

1755, "commission with jurisdiction over a port or river," from Latin conservant-, present participle stem of conservare (see conserve) + -cy. Earlier was conservacy (mid-15c., Anglo-French conservacie). Meaning "official preservation of undeveloped land" dates from 1859 (first reference is to protection of bo trees in Ceylon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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