Simple Definition of conservatism
: belief in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society
: dislike of change or new ideas in a particular area
Full Definition of conservatism
1 capitalized a : the principles and policies of a Conservative party b : the Conservative party
2 a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage)
3 : the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change
Examples of conservatism in a sentence
<the state's well-known conservatism means that progressive legislation always has an uphill battle>
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