Definition of conservancy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvənsi//
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  1. 1Conservancy [singular + singular or plural verb] a group of officials who control the use of a port, a river, an area of land, etc. the Thames Conservancy Texas Nature Conservancy
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the protection of the natural environment synonym conservation nature conservancy See related entries: Conservation
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: alteration of obsolete conservacy, from Anglo-Norman French conservacie, via Anglo-Latin from Latin conservatio, from the verb conservare ‘to preserve’, from con- ‘together’ + servare ‘to keep’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conservancy