conservative

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

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

(2) : progressive conservative

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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In conservative Utah, patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and HIV will be now able to receive medical marijuana cards at certain doctors’ offices. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Three states vote in favor of marijuana," 7 Nov. 2018 When Meghan returns, the hosting table will look slightly different. Paula Faris and Sara Haines have left, and fellow conservative Abby Huntsman has joined the cast. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan McCain Reveals When She Will Return to ‘The View’," 1 Oct. 2018 This rhetoric isn't exclusive to those on the right who hope to seat another conservative justice. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Death Threats and Discrediting: The Treatment of Christine Blasey Ford Is a Reminder of What's at Stake for Sexual Assault Survivors," 21 Sep. 2018 Yes, the infamous Julian Nicolini is there, too, albeit humbled and sporting metallic leather sneakers with his usual conservative suit. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 On Monday, the brand released a new ad campaign featuring Serena Williams, and, to the dismay of conservative America, Colin Kaepernick. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "LeBron James Teams Up With Harlem's Fashion Row on New Nike Sneakers, Inspired by Strong African-American Women," 5 Sep. 2018 Roberts and the other four conservative justices in the Shelby County majority did not explicitly overturn Katzenbach or strike down Section 5 along the way. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 2018 If selected and confirmed, Barrett would be the only conservative female justice. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018 Since Trump is selecting from their list of 25 conservative justices, there’s no risk of him picking a judge who’s great looking but ideologically horrifying to his base. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Supreme Court Pageant Could Come Down to Looks," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the time a cohort of conservatives, then led by Jordan, found McCarthy too close to Republican leadership and didn’t trust him to include the hardline Republicans in the party’s legislative process. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The fight to lead House Republicans now that they’re in the minority, explained," 8 Nov. 2018 After Sayoc was revealed to be a Trump supporter, a number of conservatives were quick to absolve the president of blame for contributing to the hyper-partisan atmosphere. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "After arrest, Republicans struggle with mail bombs fallout," 27 Oct. 2018 Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of conservatives who feel right-leaning views are condemned from within. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Google CEO to meet GOP lawmakers regarding alleged bias against conservatives," 28 Sep. 2018 The generalized complaint of conservatives is that they’ve been shadowbanned. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Senator Ron Wyden on Recode Decode," 22 Aug. 2018 Shapiro makes a living having takes that are intended to aggravate liberals, and, consequently, is beloved by a certain group of conservatives. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Men Demand Your Attention, It's OK to Ignore Them," 22 Aug. 2018 One was a four-decade effort by an entire generation of conservatives to bend the court away from judicial activism. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Jordan is one of the most influential conservatives in the House. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump says he '100 percent' believes Rep. Jim Jordan's denials he knew of abuse allegations," 5 July 2018 On the other are First Amendment advocates and a group of religious conservatives who argue that a ban curtails personal liberty. Robbie Short, SFChronicle.com, "‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill," 1 July 2018

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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

Conservative : 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

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 \

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 \

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

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