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[huhz-buh n-dree] /ˈhʌz bən dri/
the cultivation and production of edible crops or of animals for food; agriculture; farming.
the science of raising crops or food animals.
careful or thrifty management; frugality, thrift, or conservation.
the management of domestic affairs or of resources generally.
Origin of husbandry
1250-1300; Middle English housebondrie. See husband, -ry Unabridged
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  • The style of husbandry is exquisitely neat, and in general performed by manual labour.

    The Diary of an Ennuye Anna Brownell Jameson
  • He was busied conquering the rugged earth and making it yield to his husbandry.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • In either case you have a husbandry of faith; and in either case you have a grand image of all noble spiritual work.

  • Pointing to the fields, he spoke of the improvements he was making in his husbandry.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • These desert roamers despise those Arabs who are engaged in the arts of husbandry.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • Drainage with tiles is a new branch of husbandry in America.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • He gave them a code of laws, taught them the arts of husbandry, and showed them the proper rites wherewith to worship the gods.

British Dictionary definitions for husbandry


farming, esp when regarded as a science, skill, or art
management of affairs and resources
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Word Origin and History for husbandry

c.1300, "management of a household;" late 14c. as "farm management," from husband (n.) in a now-obsolete sense of "peasant farmer" (early 13c.) + -ery.

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husbandry in Science
The application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding.
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