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  1. a person who advocates or promotes conservation, especially of natural resources.
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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
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Related Words for conservationist

environmentalist, guardian, green, preservationist

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Historical Examples of conservationist

  • The bear will gorge himself on these cherries, and he is no conservationist.

    Camping at Cherry Pond

    Henry Abbott

  • He was never a conservationist, never a business man; in the pine woods and on the Yukon he was only after the cream.

  • There is no effort on the part of the Conservationist to interfere with any duty that the State ought to and can perform.

  • Every true Conservationist believes in developing the country rapidly as possible.

  • He admitted to his friend, conservationist Gifford Pinchot, that the problem would have to be faced someday, but not during a war.

British Dictionary definitions for conservationist


  1. 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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