serv-, -serve

(Latin: servare, to watch, to keep safe, to protect, to maintain; to preserve)

Don't confuse this serv-, -serve with another Latin serv- which means "servant" or "slave".

1. A statement meaning that what happens is right: "The books are deservedly popular with readers."

"Jim won first prize, and deservedly so."

2. In a way which is justly and fully earned or merited: "The coach was deservedly popular with his team."

"She was deservedly praised for her generosity in helping the poor get food."

fiscal conservatism (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
A political term used to describe a policy that advocates avoiding deficit spending: Fiscal conservatism usually considers the reduction of overall government spending and national debt; as well as, ensuring a balanced budget to be of major importance.

Free trade, deregulation of the economy, lower taxes, and other conservative policies are also often related to fiscal conservatism.

geothermal reservoir
A subsurface system consisting of a large volume of hot water and steam trapped in a porous and fractured hot rock underneath a layer of impermeable rock.

Some reservoirs can be commercially developed as an energy source.

nomen conservandum (s), nomina conservanda (pl)
1. A biological taxonomic name that is preserved by special sanction in exception to the usual rules.
2. A taxon name that has been formally accepted under the International Code for botanical nomenclature as the correct name contrary to the usual principles of botanical nomenclature.

A taxon (s), or taxa (pl), is a group of genetically similar organisms that are classified together as a species, genus, family, etc.

observance, observation
observance (uhb ZUR vuhns) (noun)
1. The practice of paying close attention to something; such as, customs or rules: As a driver, Mark is expected to maintain a close observance of posted speed limits.
2. A regular and accepted practice or rite: The observance of the liturgical calendar was important to the members of the religious community.
observation (ahb" zuhr VAY shuhn) (noun)
1. The process of recognizing or perceiving information or a fact: By close observation, Alisha will note the change in the weather.
2. A statement dependant on information: Based on how dark the clouds are in the sky, it is Michael's observation that there will be a storm very soon.

It is Greg's observation that the observance of local holidays is important to the community.