preservation

See also: préservation

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old French preservacion, from Medieval Latin preservatio.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

preservation (countable and uncountable, plural preservations)

  1. The act of preserving; care to preserve; act of keeping from destruction, decay or any ill.
    • (Can we date this quote by William Shakespeare and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?), Henry VIII
      Nature does not require
      Her times of preservation, which, perforce
      I give my tendence to
    • (Can we date this quote by Bible and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?) 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
    • 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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