conservation
conservation late 14c., conservacioun, "preservation of one's health and soundness," from L. conservationem (nom. conservatio) "a keeping, preserving, conserving," noun of action from conservare (see CONSERVE (Cf. conserve)). Meaning "preservation of existing conditions" in any sense is from mid-15c. Since late 15c., in ref. to English municipal authorities who had charge of rivers, sewers, forests, fisheries, etc. Specifically of the environment from 1922.

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  • Conservation — Con ser*va tion, n. [L. conservatio: cf. F. conservation.] The act of preserving, guarding, or protecting; the keeping (of a thing) in a safe or entire state; preservation. [1913 Webster] A step necessary for the conservation of Protestantism.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Conservation — (v. lat.), 1) Aufbewahrung; 2) Erhaltung bei Kraft etc. Daher Conservationsbrille, s. u. Brille; Conservationshaus, so v. w. Conservatorium 2) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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