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

pres′er·va′tion·ism n.
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a person who helps preserve, or encourages the preservation of, buildings and landscapes
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(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.
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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
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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
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[ˌprɛzərˈveɪʃənɪst] ndéfenseur m du patrimoinepreservation order n (British)arrêté m de classement
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Johnson and his late wife, Evelyn, a volunteer historic preservationist, established and preserved Illinois' only intact 1840s prairie farmstead and inn as a living history museum.
From a preservationist perspective, the best way to save historic buildings is to keep them in productive use.
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.
The blow-back was largely felt from a group of so-called historic preservationists who apparently expect others to pay for their preservationist goals.
Music preservationist Roger Lee Hall has compiled a new commemorative multi-media disc, Glory, Hallelujah!
Small towns used to set pace according to the sun and time keeping was a local affair: historic preservationist Howard Mansfield considers clocks, time, and vanished habits alike in a powerful assessment of the changing nature of both time and community.
Gendron, a self-styled cultural preservationist, works in many media: Mississippi River mud sculptures, painted wood cutouts, acrylic on wood, and primitive dolls.
Frank Applegate of Santa Fe Artist & Preservationist
Los Angeles is still a land of reinvention, where the future matters much more than the past, but it does have a preservationist movement that grows stronger as the city ages, as well as heritage groups such as Los Pobladores 200 -- descendants of L.A.'s original settlers who help organize an annual reenactment of the walk from the mission to Olvera Street.
During the 1940s and 1950s there were groups of people in Leningrad who pursued many of the preservationist and excursionist activities and wrote guidebooks.