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 In that time, the court has grown more conservative and several of the justices have signaled a desire in their dissents to address unresolved questions about guns rights. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court takes case aiming to expand concealed carry rights in public places," 26 Apr. 2021 An unusual alliance of conservative and liberal interest groups has formed behind Levy, all pointing to the dangers of expanding school regulation of students speech. Mark Sherman, ajc, "Student's Snapchat profanity leads to high court speech case," 26 Apr. 2021 Together founded by prominent Trump critic Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell, a longtime conservative and Republican consultant. Clare Foran, CNN, "Anti-Trump conservative group to grade GOP lawmakers on whether they uphold (or undermine) democracy," 26 Apr. 2021 This has happened to conservative and liberal groups alike. Howard Husock, National Review, "California vs. Charitable Giving," 26 Apr. 2021 Jenner, a transgender woman and lifelong Republican, has described herself as an economic conservative and social liberal. Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: Who wants to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election?," 26 Apr. 2021 An unusual alliance of conservative and liberal interest groups has formed behind Levy, all pointing to the dangers of expanding school regulation of students' speech. Fox News, "Student's Snapchat profanity leads to high court speech case," 26 Apr. 2021 But both conservative and liberal justices also suggested that the law was intended to cover the corporations. Jessica Gresko, Anchorage Daily News, "US Supreme Court seems ready to send contested pandemic relief funds to Alaska Natives," 19 Apr. 2021 Both are conservative and distrustful of authorities; neither planned to get a Covid-19 vaccine. New York Times, "A War Is Ending. A Pennsylvania Town Exhales.," 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many other court cases are making their way to the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, outside of the Biden administration's purview. Caroline Kelly, CNN, "FDA says medication abortion drug can be distributed by mail during pandemic," 13 Apr. 2021 Some Democrats pushed back against Breyer’s contention that the conservative-leaning court is removed from partisan politics. Alison Durkee, Forbes, "Justice Stephen Breyer Urges Against Expanding The Supreme Court As Biden Weighs Options," 7 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the state’s conservative-leaning Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Wednesday on whether Evers’ mask mandate is legal. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Chef initiative, ice fishing trash, Tribeca plans: News from around our 50 states," 31 Mar. 2021 Kevin Hassett, the former White House economist who is now a distinguished visiting fellow at the conservative-leaning Hoover institution — may seem like an unlikely collaborator. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "401(k) plans favor rich people. Here's how to change that.," 25 Mar. 2021 Generation is set in a high school in a fictional conservative-leaning California town, where the unfiltered realities of adolescence sometimes grate against parental values and well-meaning guidance counselors’ viewpoints. oregonlive, "Generation on HBO Max | How to watch without cable, what the show is about, a look at the cast," 11 Mar. 2021 The effort to recall Newsom has been especially popular in the conservative-leaning inland counties. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, "‘Universal basic income’ champion Michael Tubbs joins Newsom team as an advisor," 11 Mar. 2021 It’s backed by the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative-leaning group. cleveland, "Fewer people will get food, Medicaid, unemployment under Ohio bill requiring more fraud checks, advocates say," 24 Feb. 2021 The Tax Foundation, a conservative-leaning Washington group, puts Texas 11th in its ranking of state business-tax climates, with California 49th. Richard Rubin And Theo Francis, WSJ, "Texas’ Tax Advantage Is All About Individuals, Not Business Taxes," 16 Dec. 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 9 May. 2021.

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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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conservatively adverb

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