- having been maintained in good condition; preserving a good or healthy appearance: a well-preserved manuscript; a well-preserved elderly couple.
Origin of well-preserved
First recorded in 1850–55
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- kept in a good condition
- continuing to appear youthfulshe was a well-preserved old lady
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Aging gracefully, still in good condition, as in I can't believe she's 65; she's certainly well preserved. [Mid-1800s]
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