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preservation (n.)

early 15c., preservacioun "protection from disease," from Old French preservacion (13c.), from Medieval Latin preservationem (nominative preservatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of preservare "to guard beforehand" (see preserve (v.)). General sense of "protection, act of keeping safe or sound" is from mid-15c.

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Definitions of preservation from WordNet

preservation (n.)
the activity of protecting something from loss or danger;
Synonyms: saving
preservation (n.)
the condition of being (well or ill) preserved;
preservation (n.)
a process that saves organic substances from decay;
preservation (n.)
an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change;
Synonyms: conservation
From wordnet.princeton.edu