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environmentalist

[en-vahy-ruh n-men-tl-ist, -vahy-ern-] /ɛnˌvaɪ rənˈmɛn tl ɪst, -ˌvaɪ ərn-/
noun
1.
an expert on environmental problems.
2.
any person who advocates or works to protect the air, water, animals, plants, and other natural resources from pollution or its effects.
3.
a person who believes that differences between individuals or groups, especially in moral and intellectual attributes, are predominantly determined by environmental factors, as surroundings, upbringing, or experience (opposed to hereditarian).
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; environmental + -ist
Related forms
environmentalism, noun
antienvironmentalist, noun, adjective
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  • Some environmentalists criticize civilizations for their exploitation of the environment.
British Dictionary definitions for environmentalists

environmentalist

/ɪnˌvaɪrənˈmɛntəlɪst/
noun
1.
an adherent of environmentalism
2.
a person who is concerned with the maintenance of ecological balance and the conservation of the environment
3.
a person concerned with issues that affect the environment, such as pollution
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