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conservative

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

Definition of conservative

2 a :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
3 a :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
4 :of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism

conservatively

adverb

conservativeness

noun

Examples of conservative in a Sentence

  1. She is a liberal Democrat who married a conservative Republican.

  2. She's more conservative now than she was in college.

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Origin and Etymology of conservative


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conservative

noun

Definition of conservative

1 a :an adherent or advocate of political conservatism
b capitalized :a member or supporter of a conservative political party
2 a :one who adheres to traditional methods or views
b :a cautious or discreet person

Examples of conservative in a Sentence

  1. His message is being well received by conservatives.

  2. proposed legislation that was opposed by conservatives throughout the state

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Origin and Etymology of conservative


CONSERVATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

conservative

adjective

Definition of conservative for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of conservative for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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conservative

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

Definition of conservative for Students

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

conservatively

adverb

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conservative

noun

Definition of conservative for Students

:a person who is opposed to change :a cautious person

Medical Dictionary

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 3, radical

conservatively

adverb


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