[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.

Nearby words

  1. consequent stream,
  2. consequential,
  3. consequentialism,
  4. consequently,
  5. conservable,
  6. conservation,
  7. conservation biology,
  8. conservation grade,
  9. conservation law,
  10. conservation law

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

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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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