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CONSERVATION

The act of preserving something in existence, activity, or any other perfection or state. Commonly applied to God's act of preserving creatures in their existence and perfections. This is positive, essential, and direct conservation inasmuch as God maintains the causal action necessary for the perdurance of the world. (Etym. Latin conservare,to preserve.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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