conservation

[ kon-ser-vey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn sərˈveɪ ʃən /

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for conservation

conservation

/ (ˌkɒnsəˈveɪʃən) /

noun

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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Science definitions for conservation

conservation

[ kŏn′sûr-vāshən ]

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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