[ kon-ser-vey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: conservationconservational on

  1. the act of conserving; prevention of injury, decay, waste, or loss; preservation: conservation of wildlife;conservation of human rights.

  2. official supervision of rivers, forests, and other natural resources in order to preserve and protect them through prudent management.

  1. a district, river, forest, etc., under such supervision.

  2. the careful utilization of a natural resource in order to prevent depletion.

  3. the restoration and preservation of works of art.

Origin of conservation

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English conservacioun, from Latin conservātiōn- (stem of conservātiō ), equivalent to conservāt(us) (past participle of conservāre “to save, preserve”) + -iōn- noun suffix; see conserve, -ate1, -ion

Other words for conservation

Other words from conservation

  • con·ser·va·tion·al, adjective
  • an·ti·con·ser·va·tion, noun, adjective
  • non·con·ser·va·tion, noun
  • non·con·ser·va·tion·al, adjective
  • pro·con·ser·va·tion, adjective
  • self-con·ser·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conservation in a sentence

  • There are certain difficulties, however, in the way of this conservational measure.

  • It becomes an asset––a conservational asset––an ever-present help in time of haying.

    'Charge It' | Irving Bacheller
  • Conservational principles do apply, however, to the human energy factor required for their efficient use.

  • The importance of this fact from the conservational standpoint cannot be too much emphasized.

  • To apply any one of the various conservational measures discussed on later pages would only temporarily alleviate the situation.

British Dictionary definitions for conservation


/ (ˌkɒnsəˈveɪʃən) /

  1. 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

Derived forms of conservation

  • conservational, adjective

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Scientific definitions for conservation


[ kŏn′sûr-vāshən ]

  1. 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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