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 Conservative : 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 Conservative : 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 Conservative : 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Those initiatives have drawn attention from Charlie Kirk, the president of the conservative group Turning Point USA. Molly Stellino, USA TODAY, "Fact check: HEROES Act would eliminate state requirements for voter IDs in federal elections," 23 May 2020 Still, some conservative advocacy groups have embraced Trump’s view, even going to court to block the expansion of absentee balloting during the pandemic. Michael Wines, BostonGlobe.com, "As Trump rails against voting by mail, states open the door for it," 21 May 2020 Rather, President Trump’s own son is waxing subterfuge on a national television network loyally frequented by conservative voters. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Here’s The Latest COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory, Courtesy Of Eric Trump," 19 May 2020 Anti-shutdown rallies have cropped up around the country in recent weeks with the help and support of conservative groups like FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, the New York Times reports. oregonlive, "Hundreds rally in Medford to oppose coronavirus restrictions, support conservative causes," 17 May 2020 President Donald Trump has championed religious freedom as a way to connect with conservative evangelical voters and has shown eagerness for in-person religious services to restart. Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, "US officials release edited coronavirus reopening guidance after delays," 14 May 2020 Paul Mitchell, vice president of the Political Data Inc., previously told CBS News that older, conservative voters tended to vote early while younger, minority voters vote close to Election Day. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Could Mike Garcia be the first Republican to flip a California House seat since 1998?," 12 May 2020 Republicans in the statehouse as well as conservative groups have positioned themselves as diametrically opposed to any restrictions. cleveland, "Poll: Majority of Ohioans say they’re comfortable visiting bars and restaurants with spacing requirements," 11 May 2020 The event was also promoted by the Michigan Freedom Fund, a conservative group whose chairman Greg McNeilly has been an adviser to the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s family. Alyza Sebenius, Bloomberg.com, "Far-Right Social Media Helps Stir Protests Over Quarantines," 10 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One possibility being floated by conservatives is a particularly harebrained scheme to undermine Social Security, in the guise of helping people get through the crisis. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Coronavirus is no reason to cut Social Security," 11 May 2020 The state Supreme Court Wednesday rejected a challenge by conservatives to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s allocation of $75 million in state funds to undocumented immigrants who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic and ineligible for federal aid. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "State court allows Newsom’s $75 million coronavirus aid for undocumented immigrants," 6 May 2020 Her work in the welfare field was feted by conservatives for helping poor people achieve self-sufficiency. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Money for Welfare Instead Funded Concerts, Lobbyists and Football Games, Audit Finds," 4 May 2020 Sweden, giving credence to the freedom championed by conservatives rather than the safety defended by liberals globally, called for its people to take personal responsibility for social-distancing rules instead of ordering lockdowns. Fox News, "Sweden defends bucking the trend of other countries' coronavirus restrictions," 30 Apr. 2020 The coal miners' pension provision, opposed by House GOP conservatives like Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Andrew Taylor, Fortune, "House Passes $1.4 Trillion Spending Bill," 17 Dec. 2019 The coal miners’ pension provision, opposed by House GOP conservatives like Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Andrew Taylor, The Denver Post, "House passes $1.4 trillion federal spending bill," 17 Dec. 2019 Consolidating support among evangelicals and other religious conservatives has been crucial for the president, and his attendance at the march comes as his re-election campaign is looking to rally supporters. Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg.com, "Trump to Attend Anti-Abortion March in First for U.S. President," 7 May 2020 The best way to fix an economy devastated by a pandemic, the president and other conservatives insisted from the start, was simply to send workers back into the fray. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Imagining a Real “Right to Work”," 1 May 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Conservative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservative. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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conservative

adjective
How to pronounce conservative (audio)

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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