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 Progressive activists would be thrilled, but some, including the group Take Back the Court, continue to press for an expansion of the conservative-majority Supreme Court. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Democratic Senate Will Test Viability of Expanding Courts, D.C. Statehood," 15 Jan. 2021 The Supreme Court’s conservative majority recently ruled that federal courts can no longer hear cases on extreme partisan gerrymandering, freeing state lawmakers around the country to pursue it even more aggressively this time. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Republican Plot to Rig the 2024 Election," 15 Jan. 2021 Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley started a political action committee dedicated to creating a conservative majority in Congress that could also help pave the way to a 2024 presidential run. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Nikki Haley creates PAC 'laser-focused' on 2022 midterm elections," 14 Jan. 2021 Judges across the country, and a Supreme Court with a conservative majority, have rejected nearly 60 attempts by Mr. Trump and his allies to challenge the results. New York Times, "Republicans Begin New Congress Feuding Over Bid to Overturn Election," 3 Jan. 2021 With Trump appointing Justice Amy Coney Barrett, there’s now a solid conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Planned Parenthood Chief: Joe Biden Should Sign A 'Day One' Executive Order to Protect Abortion," 30 Dec. 2020 The case, brought by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America, an advocacy organization representing haredi Orthodox Jews, was one of the first religious liberty cases to be decided by the court’s new conservative majority. Shira Hanau, sun-sentinel.com, "Federal appeals court strikes down New York’s capacity limits on houses of worship," 30 Dec. 2020 The Republican Party quickly nominated a new judge to fill her seat, tilting the Supreme Court judge lineup to a new, conservative majority. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Gone but not forgotten: 12 trailblazing women we lost in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Councilman Mike Morasco was re-elected, giving the council a conservative majority for the first time since 2018. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County: A Year in Review," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Google also kicked the conservative-friendly Parler off its app store for failing to have a robust content moderation system. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Big Tech Can’t Ban Its Way Out of This," 16 Jan. 2021 His parents’ politics spanned the Democratic spectrum, with his father a conservative and his mother a New Dealer who encouraged her son to go to law school. Washington Post, "Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., pillar of Maryland’s state capital for decades, dies at 78," 15 Jan. 2021 Toomey, a conservative who has generally backed Trump, made news on Sunday by calling on Trump to resign for the good of the country. The Salt Lake Tribune, "GOP senators, including Mitt Romney, in spotlight as second impeachment trial looms," 14 Jan. 2021 The new guidelines allow initial conservative, higher estimates of the amount of chemicals released to be adjusted after more careful reviews end up concluding that the releases were actually below reportable amounts. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Worker exposure to dangerous chemicals at Rubicon plant in Geismar linked to poor maintenance record," 3 Jan. 2021 But the three freshman lawmakers below, who span the ideological spectrum from strident conservative to socialist, aren’t faking their understanding of the American health care system. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "3 freshman lawmakers for health wonks to watch," 30 Dec. 2020 Burke, the first modern conservative, knew that manners, morals, and decent politics stand or fall together. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Don’t Lose Sight of Culture," 28 Dec. 2020 Toomey, a staunchly fiscal conservative who once piloted the Club for Growth, has joined them. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Tea party Senate class of 2010: Where and what are they now?," 25 Dec. 2020 In Bexar County’s Precinct 3 on the North Side — typically held by a lone conservative on Commissioners Court — Biden won by more than 2,000 votes. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "‘We’ve had enough’ — Joe Biden outpaced President Donald Trump in key Bexar County Republican strongholds. But down-ballot Democrats didn’t benefit," 22 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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Cite this Entry

“Conservative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservative. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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