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preservationist

[prez-er-vey-shuh-nist] /ˌprɛz ərˈveɪ ʃə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who advocates or promotes preservation, especially of wildlife, natural areas, or historical places.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; preservation + -ist
Related forms
preservationism, noun
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  • Some communities contract with a professional preservationist or historian to conduct architectural survey.
  • The festivities are sponsored by several preservationist organizations.
Word Origin and History for preservationist
n.

"advocate of protecting existing things," 1905, from preservation + -ist; specifically of historic buildings by 1957.

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