noun Date: 1927 one who advocates preservation (as of a biological species or a historical landmark)

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  • preservationist — (n.) advocate of protecting historic property, 1927, from PRESERVATION (Cf. preservation) + IST (Cf. ist) …   Etymology dictionary

  • preservationist — [prez΄ər vā′shənist] n. a person who advocates taking positive measures to preserve something, as historic buildings, wilderness lands, endangered species, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Preservationist — A preservationist generally refers to one who wishes to preserve a historic structure from demolition or degradation.Persons who work to preserve ancient or endangered languages are also referred to as preservationists.It is also occasionally… …   Wikipedia

  • preservationist — UK [ˌprezə(r)ˈveɪʃ(ə)nɪst] / US [ˌprezərˈveɪʃ(ə)nɪst] noun [countable] Word forms preservationist : singular preservationist plural preservationists American a conservationist …   English dictionary

  • preservationist — [[t]pre̱zə(r)ve͟ɪʃənɪst[/t]] preservationists N COUNT A preservationist is someone who takes action to preserve something such as old buildings or an area of countryside. The house fell into disrepair but a group of preservationists have… …   English dictionary

  • preservationist — preservationism, n. /prez euhr vay sheuh nist/, n. a person who advocates or promotes preservation, esp. of wildlife, natural areas, or historical places. [1925 30; PRESERVATION + IST] * * * …   Universalium

  • preservationist — noun A person who advocates for the preservation of natural or man made landmarks. See Also: preservation, preservationism …   Wiktionary

  • preservationist — pres|er|va|tion|ist [ˌprezəˈveıʃənıst US zər ] n someone who works to prevent historical places, buildings etc from being destroyed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preservationist — pres|er|va|tion|ist [ ,prezər veıʃnıst ] noun count AMERICAN someone who tries to make certain that things of historical or natural interest such as buildings or trees are not destroyed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • preservationist — noun a supporter of the preservation of something, especially of historic buildings or artefacts …   English new terms dictionary