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conservancy Syllabification: con·serv·an·cy
Pronunciation: /kənˈsərvənsē/

Definition of conservancy in English:

noun (plural conservancies)

1 [in names] A body concerned with the preservation of nature, specific species, or natural resources: the Nature Conservancy
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  • Traditional conservation areas include national parks and wildlife reserves; more recent categories include biosphere reserves and community conservancies.
  • Over 1200 land trusts and conservancies in the United States have preserved over 5 million acres, exceeding the area of the State of New Jersey.
  • And the conservancy has already offered 90,000 of the most suitable acres to local people and set up a trust in their behalf.
1.1British A commission or group of officials controlling a port, river, or drainage basin.
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  • The Department of Conservation's Wanganui conservancy has reported to me that it has assisted people affected by the floods with equipment and labour.
  • Also, the Annapolis Conservancy Board will monitor the easements each year to ensure that their terms are being observed.
  • The Lewis County Water Conservancy Board will also be invited to attend.
2The conservation of something, especially wildlife and the environment.
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  • Just a few of the benefits to your program are natural beauty, recreational opportunity, environmental education, conservancy, wildlife protection, and resource utilization.
  • Several speakers raised concerns about the draft OCP approach to nature conservancy.
  • I have supported both preservation of art and architecture and nature conservancy and I'm sure I'm not alone among your readers.


Mid 18th century: alteration of obsolete conservacy, from Anglo-Norman French conservacie, via Anglo-Latin from Latin conservation- (see conservation).

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