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conservancy

[kuh n-sur-vuh n-see] /kənˈsɜr vən si/
noun, plural conservancies.
1.
conservation of natural resources.
2.
an association dedicated to the protection of the environment and its resources.
3.
British. a commission regulating navigation, fisheries, etc.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Medieval Latin conservantia (see conserve, -ancy); replacing conservacy < Medieval Latin conservātia; see -acy
Related forms
conservant, adjective
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conservancy

/kənˈsɜːvənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
(in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
2.
another word for conservation (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for con servant

conservancy

n.

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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