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From Old French preservacion, from Medieval Latin preservatio.


  • (US) IPA(key): /pɹɛ.zɝˈveɪ.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


preservation (countable and uncountable, plural preservations)

  1. The act of preserving; care to preserve; act of keeping from destruction, decay or any ill.
    • William Shakespeare, Henry VIII
      Nature does not require
      Her times of preservation, which, perforce
      I give my tendence to
    • Ecclesiastes. xxxiv. 16
      The eyes of the Lord are upon them that love him, his is ther mighty protection, a preservation from stumbling, and a help from falling.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir John Davies and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Every seneseless thing by nature's light
      Doth preservation seek, destruction shun
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Our allwise maker has put into man the uneasiness of hunger, thirst and other natural desires, to determine their wills for the preservation of themselves, and the continuation of their species.