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

As Warren advocates progressive changes, the meme is fundamentally conservative in its valorization of the polite competency of the individual. BostonGlobe.com, "What happens when politics is pushed into a pop culture box - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 The two broad demographic trends that are occurring nationally are: number one, blue-collar working-class voters are becoming more conservative. The Christian Science Monitor, "Nurturing our kids’ independence – with joy!," 13 Sep. 2019 Our voters are socially conservative but economically liberal. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism," 12 Sep. 2019 One of the persistent stereotypes about country music is that its fans tend to be conservative. oregonlive, "Ken Burns on his ‘Country Music’ series, busting stereotypes, and avoiding partisan divides: ‘We’re not political filmmakers’," 12 Sep. 2019 Michigan was ultra conservative in the second half, at one point running the ball 15 consecutive times. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's offense regressed against Army — plain and simple," 7 Sep. 2019 My opinion is that the estimates are very conservative and the potential is much higher, if the crop is maintained properly. Todd Woody, National Geographic, "Seaweed 'forests' can help fight climate change," 29 Aug. 2019 Philanthropist, businessman, and influential conservative mega-donor David Koch, has died. The Editors, Town & Country, "When David Koch Died, He Was the 11th Richest Man in the World," 23 Aug. 2019 Some San Antonians initially inspired by his bold criticism of Trump questioned whether conservative Catholic donors might have influenced his decision to erase the tweets. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Blunt Twitter talk from an archbishop and a congressman," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The move is the latest of the president’s efforts to remake the federal court system with conservatives, such as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Trump picks 2 Florida Supreme Court justices for federal appeals court," 12 Sep. 2019 While the group opposed the spending deal that Mr. Trump signed, most of its solicitations for donations these days are either about Mr. Trump or issues that are broadly popular with conservatives. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger," 28 Aug. 2019 When Justice Neil Gorsuch parted ways with his fellow conservatives in a Sixth Amendment case this spring, Alito was unstinting. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Conservative Judges Are Brawling Over Originalism," 22 Aug. 2019 But this reframing proved all too much for an assorted cast of American conservatives. Ishaan Tharoor, Twin Cities, "Ishaan Tharoor: The 1619 Project and the fear of history," 22 Aug. 2019 Polis focused his address around bipartisan victories in Colorado and used lessons from the Bible to try to connect with conservatives at the gathering, Nic Garcia reports. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of July 8-14," 14 July 2019 Gorsuch’s libertarian approach allies him with fellow conservatives on most issues, but with liberals on some weighty criminal cases. David Lauter, latimes.com, "As Trump retreats on census, outlines of next battle come into focus," 12 July 2019 Yang’s supporters have also been active on a platform more traditionally associated with conservatives: WeChat, a social media platform popular among some Chinese speakers. NBC News, "Some Asian Americans are excited about Andrew Yang. Others? Not so much.," 21 June 2019 The years leading up to the 2008 election were not a promising time for a liberal politician or a liberal philosopher to seek common ground with conservatives. The New York Review of Books, "Paul Starr," 21 Mar. 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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