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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, could issue a final opinion in late June or early July. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Oz and businessman David McCormick were separated by less than 1 percentage point, with conservative commentator Kathy Barnette in third, for the Pennsylvania GOP Senate nomination. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Veteran and conservative political commentator Kathy Barnette, the Trumpiest of the Republican candidates who surged in public opinion surveys in recent weeks, stood in third place. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 18 May 2022 But another factor was the ascendance of far-right conservative commentator Kathy Barnette -- over Trump's objections. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 18 May 2022 In the former state, the seat of retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R) is up for grabs this year, with TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz running on the Republican side against David McCormick, a hedge fund manager, and Kathy Barnette, a conservative commentator. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 17 May 2022 The choice arises as a result of the sudden rise to contention of conservative commentator and military veteran Kathy Barnette. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Kathy Barnette, a conservative commentator, is making a surprise late surge against big-spending rivals, Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick. New York Times, 16 May 2022 The challenges against former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, conservative commentator Tudor Dixon and Oakland County businessman Perry Johnson could threaten their candidacies if successful. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reynolds, of Conway, who describes himself as a conservative, is a combat veteran and works as a government consultant on intelligence matters. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2022 Barrett becomes the sixth conservative on the court, solidifying a majority over the three liberal justices. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 5 May 2022 Giuliani and Zeldin are positioning themselves as Trump conservatives, Astorino as the moderate conservative, and Wilson is striking an independent tone and message as a businessman who can fix broken things. John Zogby, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 That's what sets apart a neoconservative or neo-Reaganite stance from that of a traditional conservative. Shay Khatiri, The Week, 26 Mar. 2022 McCain often described herself as the sole conservative on the show, which was true, and doubtless will be something producers take into account when finding a replacement. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2021 In joining the Federalist Society, Mr. Hawley had moved into the orbit of an ascendant legal community that, for a conservative on campus, offered the clearest avenue to power. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 Jackson's arrival at the high court will mark the first time two African Americans will serve together – Justice Clarence Thomas, a stalwart conservative, and Jackson, who is expected to be liberal. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Merchant is impeccably hapless as Greg, an incompetent lawyer and recent divorcé, while Darren Boyd (Trying) and Clare Perkins (The Wheel of Time) make excellent foils as John, an aggrieved conservative, and Myrna, a militant liberal activist. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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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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