preservation

Use the noun preservation to refer to the protection of something — especially from loss, injury, or danger. You might fight for the preservation of the woodlands near your house because of all the animals that live there.

Preservation is also a process that keeps organic things from decomposing. If the preservation of the flowers in your prom corsage is important to you, you can dry the flowers to keep them from decaying. If you dry them, they'll probably last longer than your relationship with your high school boyfriend! The word preservation is often used when referring to historic preservation, which is the protection of buildings and sites of historic significance.

Definitions of preservation
  1. noun
    the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
    synonyms: saving
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    environmentalism
    the activity of protecting the environment from pollution or destruction
    conservation
    the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources
    self-preservation
    preservation of yourself from harm; a natural or instinctive tendency
    reservation
    the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion
    immobilisation, immobilization
    fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part in order to promote proper healing
    conservancy
    the official conservation of trees and soil and rivers etc.
    soil conservation
    protection of soil against erosion or deterioration
    oil conservation
    the conservation of petroleum resources
    water conservation
    the conservation of water resources
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    protection
    the activity of protecting someone or something
  2. noun
    a process that saves organic substances from decay
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    fixation, fixing
    (histology) the preservation and hardening of a tissue sample to retain as nearly as possible the same relations they had in the living body
    embalmment
    preservation (of a dead body) by treating with balsams and drugs and other chemicals
    plastination
    a process involving fixation and dehydration and forced impregnation and hardening of biological tissues; water and lipids are replaced by curable polymers (silicone or epoxy or polyester) that are subsequently hardened
    infrigidation, refrigeration
    the process of cooling or freezing (e.g., food) for preservative purposes
    mummification
    embalmment and drying a dead body and wrapping it as a mummy
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    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
  3. noun
    the condition of being (well or ill) preserved
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  4. noun
    an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change
    synonyms: conservation
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    advance, betterment, improvement
    a change for the better; progress in development
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