• (America) IPA: /pɹɛ.zɝˈveɪ.ʃən/


  1. The act of preserving; care to preserve; act of keeping from destruction, decay or any ill.
    • , 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.
    • Every seneseless thing by nature's light
      Doth preservation seek, destruction shun
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      , Book II, Chapter XXI
      our all-wise Maker, suitably to our constitution and frame, and knowing what it is that determines the will, has put into man the uneasiness of hunger and thirst, and other natural desires, that return at their seasons, to move and determine their wills, for the preservation of themselves, and the continuation of their species

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