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One who advocates preservation, especially of natural areas, historical sites, or endangered species.

pres′er·va′tion·ism n.


a person who helps preserve, or encourages the preservation of, buildings and landscapes


(ˌprɛz ərˈveɪ ʃə nɪst)

a person who advocates or promotes preservation, esp. of wildlife, natural areas, or historical places.
pres`er•va′tion•ism, n.


a person who is concerned with or active in the preservation of wildlife, historical sites, natural habitats, and other features of the environment.
See also: Environment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preservationist - someone who advocates the preservation of historical sites or endangered species or natural areas
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer - a disputant who advocates reform


[ˌprɛzərˈveɪʃənɪst] ndéfenseur m du patrimoinepreservation order n (British)arrêté m de classement
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Margaret's association with Ruskin's brand of militant preservationism, however, undergoes a significant mutation by the end of the novel, as the private monument of Howards End comes to loom ever larger in her life.
But the competing aspirations of preservationism and common law constitutionalism can't help but make a difference--both in the pattern of judicial decisions and in the larger society's understanding of the civil rights legacy.
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From this it is evident that Lewis would not argue for a strict hands-off policy of preservationism.
Gardner, in particular, has done much to show the importance, even centrality, of Betjeman's faith to his poetry, his architectural preservationism, and his general topophilia.
Under the broad theme of "colonial," subthemes include treaties and declarations, imagined worlds, colonial romance, war, and preservationism.
It is in this middle ground between unregulated development on the one hand and the more restrictive precepts of biocentric preservationism on the other that the discourse of Arctic stewardship can flourish.
As covered in this issue's On the Conservation Front, the vastly changed park service is pushing aside generations of wise-use conservation policies and trying to install no-touch preservationism.
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The latter has occasionally fed into the resurgence of preservationism, with local people seen as a problem to be removed--the "fortress conservation" of Brockington (2002).

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