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[kon-ser-vey-shuh-nist] /ˌkɒn sərˈveɪ ʃə nɪst/
a person who advocates or promotes conservation, especially of natural resources.
1865-70; conservation + -ist
Related forms
anticonservationist, noun
proconservationist, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conservationist
  • However, after your words of revelations it might be conceived to some that you are mocking conservationist aka greenies.
  • Please tell me all conservationist are not this nieve.
  • Masked in the environmentalist and conservationist movement is a redistribution of wealth.
  • The duke was a leading conservationist and the deer were never hunted.
  • Laudable as that mission sounds, not every wildlife conservationist has embraced it.
  • conservationist tenant preferred, but extractive forestry also considered.
British Dictionary definitions for conservationist


a person who advocates or strongly promotes preservation and careful management of natural resources and of the environment
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Word Origin and History for conservationist

1870, from conservation + -ist. The ecological sense is from 1922.

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