[kuh n-sur-vuh n-see]

noun, plural con·serv·an·cies.

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 formscon·serv·ant, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for conservancy

protection, preservation, management, protecting

Examples from the Web for conservancy

Historical Examples of conservancy

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

    The Thames

    G. E. Mitton

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

    The Thames

    G. E. Mitton

  • It is the duty of the Conservancy officials to deal with all such stakes.

    The Thames

    G. E. Mitton

  • Moneys paid to the Conservators to be carried to the Conservancy Fund.


    W. B. Woodgate

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

British Dictionary definitions for conservancy


noun plural -cies

(in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
another word for conservation (def. 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).

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