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 for preservation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preservation \Pres`er*va"tion\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]servation.]
     The act or process of preserving, or keeping safe; the state
     of being preserved, or kept from injury, destruction, or
     decay; security; safety; as, preservation of life, fruit,
     game, etc.; a picture in good preservation.
     [1913 Webster]
           Give us particulars of thy preservation. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
           [syn: preservation, saving]
      2: the condition of being (well or ill) preserved
      3: a process that saves organic substances from decay
      4: an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or
         injury or other change [syn: conservation, preservation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "preservation":
     bottling up, care, cold storage, conservancy, conservation,
     continuation, corking up, cover, creation, custody, dead storage,
     defense, dispensation, dry storage, eternal re-creation,
     eternal return, eternalization, eye, guard, guardianship, holding,
     holding in, immortalization, inhibition, keeping, lee, locking in,
     maintenance, perpetuating, perpetuation, prehension, preserval,
     protecting, protection, protective custody, providence, refuge,
     repression, retaining, retainment, retention, retentiveness,
     retentivity, safeguard, safeguarding, safekeeping, safety,
     salvation, saving, security, shade, shadow, shelf-room, shelter,
     shield, steady-state universe, storage, storage space, stowage,
     suppression, sustentation, tenacity, upkeep,
     visitations of providence, ward, warehousing, watchful eye

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRESERVATION. keeping safe from harm; avoiding injury. This term always 
  presupposes a real or existing danger. 
       2. A jettison, which is always for the preservation of the remainder of 
  the cargo, must therefore be made only when there is a real danger existing. 
  See Average; Jettison. 

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