noun, plural con·serv·an·cies.
Origin of conservancy
Examples from the Web for conservancy
Moneys paid to the Conservators to be carried to the Conservancy Fund.
The Conservancy dredged the bed of the river, and also filled up a bight on the Surrey shore.
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
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
There had been an agitation throughout the whole of the Conservancy district.The Confessions of a Poacher|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for conservancy
noun plural -cies
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).