a person who advocates or promotes preservation, especially of wildlife, natural areas, or historical places.

Nearby words

  1. presentively,
  2. presently,
  3. presentment,
  4. presents,
  5. preservation,
  6. preservative,
  7. preserve,
  8. preserving,
  9. preset,
  10. preset board

Origin of preservationist

1925–30; preservation + -ist

Related formspres·er·va·tion·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for preservationism



"advocate of protecting existing things," 1905, from preservation + -ist; specifically of historic buildings by 1957.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper