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    #1

    oxymoronic statement?

    Hello,

    I have come across this sentence:

    This suggests that a trend towards disorder over time is a conserved property of decay in fruit.

    I am wondering - does it make sense? I completely understand what it means. (Everything tends toward higher entropy.) But can you really use the word "conserved" in this case? I want to hear from native speakers (Americans, ideally). Am I too puristic? Or am I absolutely wrong?

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    Re: oxymoronic statement?

    I would guess this is from an academic text, and that conserved property is a fixed phrase in whatever field of study it applies to.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: oxymoronic statement?

    A Google search suggests that the term is used in some similar scientific contexts.

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