a person who advocates or promotes conservation, especially of natural resources.

Origin of conservationist

First recorded in 1865–70; conservation + -ist
Related formsan·ti·con·ser·va·tion·ist, nounpro·con·ser·va·tion·ist, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for conservationist

environmentalist, guardian, green, preservationist

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British Dictionary definitions for conservationist



a person who advocates or strongly promotes preservation and careful management of natural resources and of the environment
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Word Origin and History for conservationist

1870, from conservation + -ist. The ecological sense is from 1922.

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