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[kon-ser-vey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn sərˈveɪ ʃən/
the act of conserving; prevention of injury, decay, waste, or loss; preservation:
conservation of wildlife; conservation of human rights.
official supervision of rivers, forests, and other natural resources in order to preserve and protect them through prudent management.
a district, river, forest, etc., under such supervision.
the careful utilization of a natural resource in order to prevent depletion.
the restoration and preservation of works of art.
Origin of conservation
1350-1400; Middle English conservacioun < Latin conservātiōn- (stem of conservātiō), equivalent to conservāt(us) (past participle of conservāre to conserve; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conservational, adjective
anticonservation, noun, adjective
nonconservation, noun
nonconservational, adjective
proconservation, adjective
self-conservation, noun
1. care, husbandry, protection. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for conservational
Historical Examples
  • conservational principles do apply, however, to the human energy factor required for their efficient use.

  • The importance of this fact from the conservational standpoint cannot be too much emphasized.

  • Another considerable group of conservational practices is possible only to governments or other public agencies.

  • Illustrations of these two types of conservational effort are cited in relation to coal on later pages.

  • It becomes an asset––a conservational asset––an ever-present help in time of haying.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • There are certain difficulties, however, in the way of this conservational measure.

British Dictionary definitions for conservational


the act or an instance of conserving or keeping from change, loss, injury, etc
  1. protection, preservation, and careful management of natural resources and of the environment
  2. (as modifier): a conservation area
Derived Forms
conservational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for conservational



late 14c., conservacioun, "preservation of one's health and soundness," from Latin conservationem (nominative conservatio) "a keeping, preserving, conserving," noun of action from past participle stem of conservare (see conserve). Meaning "preservation of existing conditions" in any sense is from mid-15c. Since late 15c., in reference to English municipal authorities who had charge of rivers, sewers, forests, fisheries, etc. Specifically of the environment from 1922.

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conservational in Science
The protection, preservation, management, or restoration of natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them. Conservation is generally held to include the management of human use of natural resources for current public benefit and sustainable social and economic utilization.
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