con·ser·va·tor (kən-sûrvə-tər, kŏnsər-vā′tər)
1. A person in charge of maintaining or restoring valuable items, as in a museum or library.
2. A protector or guardian: "a conservator of cherished values and regular order in governing institutions" (William Greider).
3. Law One placed in charge of the property or personal affairs of an incompetent person.
con·ser′va·tori·al (-tôrē-əl) adj.
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