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1conservative

adjective con·ser·va·tive \kən-ˈsər-və-tiv\

: believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism

Conservative : of or relating to the conservative party in countries like the United Kingdom and Canada

: not liking or accepting changes or new ideas

Full Definition of CONSERVATIVE

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a :  of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism
b capitalized :  of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as
(1) :  of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions (2) :  progressive conservative
3
a :  tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions :  traditional
b :  marked by moderation or caution <a conservative estimate>
c :  marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners
4
:  of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism
con·ser·va·tive·ly adverb
con·ser·va·tive·ness noun
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Examples of CONSERVATIVE

  1. She is a liberal Democrat who married a conservative Republican.
  2. She's more conservative now than she was in college.

First Known Use of CONSERVATIVE

14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with CONSERVATIVE

2conservative

noun

: a person who believes in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : a person who is politically conservative

Conservative : a member or supporter of a conservative political party in countries like the United Kingdom and Canada

Full Definition of CONSERVATIVE

1
a :  an adherent or advocate of political conservatism
b capitalized :  a member or supporter of a conservative political party
2
a :  one who adheres to traditional methods or views
b :  a cautious or discreet person

Examples of CONSERVATIVE

  1. His message is being well received by conservatives.
  2. <proposed legislation that was opposed by conservatives throughout the state>

First Known Use of CONSERVATIVE

1831

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with CONSERVATIVE

CONSERVATIVE Defined for Kids

1conservative

adjective con·ser·va·tive \kən-ˈsər-və-tiv\

Definition of CONSERVATIVE for Kids

1
:  favoring a policy of keeping things as they are :  opposed to change
2
:  favoring established styles and standards <He wears conservative ties.>
3
:  likely to be lower than what the real amount or number is <a conservative estimate>
con·ser·va·tive·ly adverb

2conservative

noun

Definition of CONSERVATIVE for Kids

:  a person who is opposed to change :  a cautious person
Medical Dictionary

conservative

adjective con·ser·va·tive \kən-ˈsər-vət-iv\

Medical Definition of CONSERVATIVE

:  not extreme or drastic; especially :  designed to preserve parts or restore or preserve function <conservative treatment of prostate cancer by watchful waiting or hormonal therapy in contrast to radical prostatectomy>—compare aggressive 3, radical
con·ser·va·tive·ly adverb

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