conservative

adjective
con·​ser·​va·​tive | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tiv How to pronounce conservative (audio) \

Definition of conservative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism
b capitalized : of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: such as
(1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions
2a : tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional conservative policies
b : marked by moderation or caution a conservative estimate
c : marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners a conservative suit a conservative architectural style
3 : of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism

conservative

noun

Definition of conservative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from conservative

Adjective

conservatively adverb
conservativeness noun

Examples of conservative in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

His message is being well received by conservatives. proposed legislation that was opposed by conservatives throughout the state
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Both are members of the conservative Federalist Society. Author: Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Court decision on Affordable Care Act could create political havoc for GOP," 7 July 2019 The hard drives contained a report detailing the ways in which a tally of non-citizens would allow conservative states to exclude them from the population counts used to draw state legislative districts, to the advantage of Republicans. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Cutouts of J.F.K., Jr., Tanks, and Adulation at Trump’s “Salute to America”," 6 July 2019 Other speakers scheduled for the demonstration include conservative and controversial names like Milo Yiannopoulos and, according to the rally's website, former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone. CBS News, "Heavy police presence in Washington for "Demand Free Speech" rally," 6 July 2019 Reds make up 35% of the country and hold conservative views on most issues. Johanna Blakley, Quartzy, "Four TV shows that both liberals and conservatives love—and one they both hate," 5 July 2019 Davis, the conservative radio host, said Trump would help Cornyn and other Republicans. Dallas News, "With Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans, Democrats prepare for epic 2020 Texas fight," 5 July 2019 Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will need to retain the support of a small but still important band of conservative Democrats. The Economist, "The best line in the first televised debate may hurt the Democrats," 4 July 2019 Some conservative observers have cited these past parades to rebut concerns about Trump’s endeavor this week. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tanks, But No Tanks," 4 July 2019 Some conservative Democrats may see more progressive challengers. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Gwen McFarlin may be the biggest name in Greater Cincinnati politics you haven't heard of.," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras conceded defeat after a partial vote count showed Greece's opposition conservatives comfortably winning the parliamentary election. latimes.com, "Today: Harsh Reality on the Rio Grande," 8 July 2019 Even as economic reformers on the left value employee ownership’s spread-the-wealth egalitarianism, conservatives like making more people into capitalists. John Case, The New Republic, "An Economy in Waiting," 8 July 2019 The conservative mainstream has long been extremely wary of liaisons with France’s far right, but the meeting suggested that some conservatives may believe the only way to survive is by joining forces with the likes of Marechal. Washington Post, "Rising French far-right star resurfaces and flirts with fire," 8 July 2019 There’s been a lot of concern about how conservatives and liberals consume their news from sources that merely confirm their preexisting beliefs. Johanna Blakley, Quartzy, "Four TV shows that both liberals and conservatives love—and one they both hate," 5 July 2019 The discussion has remained stubbornly mired in science, just where conservatives have wanted it. David Roberts, Vox, "We might get a climate debate after all. Here are 10 questions to ask candidates.," 3 July 2019 What’s most surprising about the liberal victories in these close cases is who among the conservatives emerged as their consistent ally. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "We charted the ideological lines along which each Supreme Court justice voted," 3 July 2019 That summer, to complete the exchange, the Michigan conservatives flew to New York City and stayed in the apartments of the Jewish liberals. Amanda Ripley, Twin Cities, "Amanda Ripley: Democrats and Republicans are very bad at guessing each other’s beliefs," 30 June 2019 The court also voted 5-4 — Roberts and his fellow conservatives — that a citizenship question would be a legal addition to the census. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Supreme Court temporarily blocks citizenship question from 2020 census," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of conservative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for conservative

Adjective

see conserve entry 1

Noun

see conserve entry 1

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conservative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of conservative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism
: of or relating to the conservative party in countries like the United Kingdom and Canada
: not liking or accepting changes or new ideas

conservative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conservative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who believes in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : a person who is politically conservative
: a member or supporter of a conservative political party in countries like the United Kingdom and Canada

conservative

adjective
con·​ser·​va·​tive | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tiv How to pronounce conservative (audio) \

Kids Definition of conservative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from conservative

conservatively adverb

conservative

noun

Kids Definition of conservative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

conservative

adjective
con·​ser·​va·​tive | \ kən-ˈsər-vət-iv How to pronounce conservative (audio) \

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 sense 3, radical entry 1

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conservatively adverb

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