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 To some degree, the rural explosion is playing out across the conservative Mountain West. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Is Sleepwalking Into an Election-Day Virus Surge," 22 Oct. 2020 Joel Griffith is a research fellow specializing in financial regulations at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Joel Griffith, Star Tribune, "Three ways a conservative finds Trump overstepping his bounds amid pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 Those calls for change haven’t necessarily made it to Chandler, where residents are majority white and conservative and where there is strong support for the Police Department. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, "Chandler police update department policies to increase accountability, transparency," 22 Oct. 2020 The conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy cheered the developments when reached by the Free Press. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 compromise: Workers, businesses get protections in new state laws," 22 Oct. 2020 It has also been backed by the nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions, an antiaffirmative action group bankrolled by conservative legal activist Ed Blum. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "California Campaign to Revive Affirmative Action Is Struggling," 22 Oct. 2020 The committee’s action means that the conservative judge’s confirmation is cruising toward a rapid finish on Monday, eight days before Election Day. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, "Barrett Nomination Clears Panel With Democrats Boycotting," 22 Oct. 2020 The Republicans, who hold the majority, voted in favor of Barrett, a conservative judge. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Amy Coney Barrett's nomination advances to full Senate despite Democrats' boycott," 22 Oct. 2020 The president and the Republican majority in the Senate are fast tracking before the election the confirmation of conservative federal appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late liberal-leaning justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "5 things to watch for in the final debate between Biden and Trump," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last week, Twitter and Facebook moved quickly to limit the spread of an unverified political story published by the conservative-leaning New York Post. Cathy Bussewitz, Anchorage Daily News, "Twitter blocks tweet from Trump adviser downplaying masks," 18 Oct. 2020 Tom Fitton, president of the conservative-leaning group Judicial Watch, has publicly pressed Durham to speed up his investigative work and release a report. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Barr in the middle: MAGA angry about no indictments, while liberals say he’s a Trump hack," 16 Oct. 2020 Democrat Christina Hale, Republican Victoria Spartz and Libertarian Ken Tucker are facing off in the conservative-leaning district represented by Congresswoman Susan Brooks, who is retiring. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "We asked Hoosiers which issues matter most ahead of Election Day. Here's what they said," 13 Oct. 2020 Pence is a strong fiscal and social conservative who led an influential group of House conservatives while serving in Congress and represented the GOP-leaning state of Indiana as governor. USA Today, "How Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris stack up against each other," 7 Oct. 2020 In 17 years in the House, Mr. Andrews was a fiscal conservative, favoring spending cuts and balanced budgets, and a faithful backer of agricultural subsidies and farm price supports. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Mark Andrews, North Dakota Farmer-Politician, Dies at 94," 7 Oct. 2020 The Texas conservative said the issue motivates many voters, including himself in 2016, to turn out in Trump's favor. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Ted Cruz advises Trump to stick to 'substance' in debate with Joe Biden," 29 Sep. 2020 Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, is an intelligent and thoughtful conservative who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to the rule of law. The Editors, National Review, "Amy Coney Barrett Is an Exceptional Nominee for the Supreme Court," 28 Sep. 2020 The staunch conservative had become known to Trump in large part after her bitter 2017 appeals court confirmation on a party-line vote included allegations that Democrats were attacking her Catholic faith. Zeke Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump to nominate conservative Amy Coney Barrett for court," 26 Sep. 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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“Conservative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservative. Accessed 31 Oct. 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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