conservancy

[kuhn-sur-vuhn-see]
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:
1550–60; < Medieval Latin conservantia (see conserve, -ancy); replacing conservacy < Medieval Latin conservātia; see -acy

conservant, adjective
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conservancy (kənˈsɜːvənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  (in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
2.  another word for conservation

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conservancy
1755, "commission with jurisdiction over a port or river," from L. conservant-, prp. stem of conservare (see conserve); earlier was conservacy (mid-15c., Anglo-Fr. conservacie). Meaning "official preservation of undeveloped land" dates from 1859 (first reference is to protection
of bo trees in Ceylon).
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Example sentences
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.
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