- 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
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Related Wordscontrol, management, supervision, protection, conservancy, maintenance, care, keeping, safekeeping, saving, attention, storage, governing, upkeep, economy, salvation, custody, guardianship, stewardship, sustentation
Examples from the Web for conservation
But three hours from the construction site, the war between oil and conservation is palpable.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
Interestingly, the League of Conservation Voters is a big player here.Dark Money and Our Looming Oligarchy
October 22, 2014
The conservation world, Carlisle says, is “not prepared to take on underworld.”South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
August 17, 2014
First, Secret World teamed with the British Chelonia Group, an organization dedicated to the care and conservation of turtles.How the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Inadvertently Caused an Environmental Crisis
August 5, 2014
I was frankly worried that a lot of people who work in conservation would be upset by the book.Mississippi Hippos, Teddy Bears, and Other Strange Beasts
July 25, 2014
The principle involved in this effort is that of conservation.
Conservation must, therefore, be the rule, and desinence the impossible exception.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
I see the same law working in nature for conservation and growth.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He then appealed to the people to intensify their conservation of wheat.Herbert Hoover
In its public aspect we have labeled the problem, conservation.Higher Education and Business Standards
Willard Eugene Hotchkiss
- the act or an instance of conserving or keeping from change, loss, injury, etc
- protection, preservation, and careful management of natural resources and of the environment
- (as modifier)a conservation area
Word Origin and History for conservation
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.
- 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.