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[kuh n-sur-vuh n-see] /kənˈsɜr vən si/
noun, plural conservancies.
conservation of natural resources.
an association dedicated to the protection of the environment and its resources.
British. a commission regulating navigation, fisheries, etc.
Origin of conservancy
1550-60; < Medieval Latin conservantia (see conserve, -ancy); replacing conservacy < Medieval Latin conservātia; see -acy
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conservant, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conservancy
  • They started out as a land conservancy, but now they work on great cities as well as conservation of rural lands.
  • Left over, it often gets used for nature conservancy purposes.
  • To see the cave, you must make arrangements with the conservancy and show past spelunking experience.
  • The conservancy donates funds to cover livestock pens with stout wire mesh.
  • Therefore, the conservancy has no plans to remove all the animals from the island.
British Dictionary definitions for conservancy


noun (pl) -cies
(in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
another word for conservation (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for conservancy

1755, "commission with jurisdiction over a port or river," from Latin conservant-, present participle stem of conservare (see conserve) + -cy. Earlier was conservacy (mid-15c., Anglo-French conservacie). Meaning "official preservation of undeveloped land" dates from 1859 (first reference is to protection of bo trees in Ceylon).

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