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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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But it may also mean that reformists and preservationists at the synod found common ground, and that the Report is not as preservationist as it first seems.
Washington, Oct 17 ( ANI ): A preservationist has discovered a Manhattan building where George Washington is believed to have enjoyed a celebratory drink during the American Revolution in the 18th-century.
In this generously illustrated book, heritage preservationist Kaufman lays out his vision of the preservation field, especially in terms of where the next generation of preservationists can take it.
Frank Applegate of Santa Fe Artist & Preservationist
Repair and re-use are key tenets, rather than a pickled-in-aspic, preservationist approach.
California's preservationist zeal triumphed in 1985, when a group of supporters bought the building.
On one side was a purist preservationist, Brussat; on the other an arch-modernist, Bradford.
Preservationist policies to mark territories reserved for the Xavante (and other indigenous groups throughout Brazil) provoked stiff opposition from local elites who lusted after land for agricultural and cattle production.
The preservationist approach in Africa was best defined by Bernhard Grzimek, the late president of the Frankfurt Zoological Society and one of the instigators of the Serengeti protected area in Tanzania.
Years ago a famous remark about Nantucket's day-tripper tourists was attributed to the billionaire property owner and preservationist Walter Beinecke.
The de-facto coalition of historic preservationists and latter-day white supremacists is a reminder that the preservationist impulse is by no means automaticaly politically progressive.