conservatism

noun con·ser·va·tism \ kən-ˈsər-və-ˌti-zəm \

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 (such as retirement income or health-care coverage)
3 :the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change
  • religious conservatism
  • cultural conservatism

Examples of conservatism in a Sentence

  1. the state's well-known conservatism means that progressive legislation always has an uphill battle

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Origin and Etymology of conservatism


CONSERVATISM Defined for English Language Learners

conservatism

noun

Definition of conservatism for English Language Learners

  • : belief in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society

  • : dislike of change or new ideas in a particular area



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