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
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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Boyd then suggests the trio go away together, which will undoubtedly lead to some tense moments between conservative Mike and his liberal son-in-law. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's When 'Last Man Standing' Is Coming Back," 28 Dec. 2018 In August, the conservative government excluded the company from the rollout of 5G mobile technologies that will underpin everything from self-driving cars to hospital networks. Mayumi Negishi, WSJ, "U.S. Allies Raise New Security Worries About China’s Huawei," 7 Dec. 2018 Earlier Friday, four people were killed in an attack in southern Pakistan, in the city of Bannu, near a rally held for Akram Khan Durrani, a leader in the conservative Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party that supports the Afghan Taliban. Shaiq Hussain And Antonio Olivo, chicagotribune.com, "Pakistanis urge military to boost security after hundreds die in attacks before election," 14 July 2018 If confirmed, Kavanaugh, 53, could solidify a conservative majority on the court for decades. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 The Sánchez administration waded back into the controversy surrounding the monument last month after years of indifference from the previous conservative government, which was forced out after being implicated in a corruption scandal this spring. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 The July retirement of Justice Kennedy, who since Justice O’Connor’s retirement typically held the swing vote, saw the court’s conservative bloc solidify with Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Sandra Day O’Connor, First Woman on Supreme Court, Diagnosed With Dementia," 23 Oct. 2018 The views Trump expressed in the interview reflect the line of argument made by May's critics within her conservative party. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Hours after bashing British leader May, Trump praises her," 13 July 2018 In the Sun interview, Trump cast his lot with the Brexiteers, the conservative faction that wants a complete split with the European government in Brussels. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump's bombshell interview with UK tabloid threatens to overshadow visit to Britain," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The top Republican representatives on those panels—such as firebrand conservative Jim Jordan, of Ohio, on Oversight—are likely to position themselves as counterweights to Democratic lines of inquiry. WSJ, "Issues That Will Drive Debate in the New Congress," 4 Jan. 2019 Damore and David Gudeman, another former employee let go for similar reasons, accused Google of discriminating against white men and conservatives. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 Whereas conservatives are generally stereotyped as smart but mean. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018 Ana, a Republican strategist and political commentator for outlets like CNN and ABC News, will now be one of three conservatives on the ABC daytime talk show. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Are Freaking Out Over Ana Navarro Joining the Show," 5 Nov. 2018 Anti-woman conservatives play the long game, methodically plodding along for decades, working state-by-state and in the courts to strip away our rights. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 Studies show that conservatives tend to be more fearful than liberals. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Privilege: Being Rich and White Is Proof You Must Be Good," 5 Oct. 2018 And some conservatives note that the White House advisers' report, in some areas, remains consistent with GOP orthodoxy of having more Americans working rather than dependent on government help. Jeff Stein And Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "White House declares war on poverty 'largely over' amid push to revamp social programs," 14 July 2018 Once again, the president will draw this time from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the campaign and updated last fall, with advice from Leo and other conservatives. CBS News, "Supreme Court nomination, confirmation process likely to mimic Gorsuch playbook," 29 June 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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