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 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The predictable outrage followed this poorly disguised attempt at mind control meant to ensure more conservative speakers and events on college campuses. Jim Martin, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: CU regents have let Trump’s administration get away with censorship of academic research," 7 June 2019 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Clarence Thomas, a liberal icon and a conservative bastion, have balanced political disagreement with a genuine mutual regard. Christian Science Monitor, "USA | Justice," 7 June 2019 The infighting has caught the attention of some conservative voters, who are still fuming at Hampton being bumped. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Beshear along with Adkins, Edelen plans Democrat unity rallies amid Bevin's GOP quarrels," 6 June 2019 But a new study is shining troubling light on the quantity of microplastics Americans are consuming each year—as many as 121,000 particles, per a conservative estimate. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Americans May Be Ingesting Thousands of Microplastics Every Year," 6 June 2019 Pathik said his company creates conservative projections at the end of their studies. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen hires consultant to study if large sports complex would be a good fit in the village," 6 June 2019 The fishery owes its high quality to the fine littoral habitat rimming much of the reservoir’s shoreline and management efforts that have included conservative fishing regulations. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, "Fish in a barrel, or how to spawn cats in a small lake," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But amid the crackdown, the site has faced mounting pressure from conservatives, who say that their posts are being targeted by liberal-leaning tech companies. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "YouTube Finally Bans Supremacist Videos After 14 Years. What Took So Long?," 5 June 2019 In their ongoing quest to trigger liberal snowflakes to run back to their safe spaces, some conservatives — particularly conservative women — have begun a new social media trend to rile those leftists up: plastic straw use. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Conservatives Attempt to Assert Troll Liberals by Using Plastic Straws," 1 Aug. 2018 The program came under fire from conservatives when President Barack Obama added DACA recipients — young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally — to the list of eligible enlistees. BostonGlobe.com, "Immigrant grad student shocked by abrupt Army discharge," 6 July 2018 Justices Rebecca Bradley, Michael Gableman and Daniel Kelly, all conservatives, disagreed with the court's decision. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court gives win to Tony Evers over Gov. Scott Walker in case challenging authority," 27 June 2018 For this and for other reasons, an outbreak of concerned motherhood from conservatives does not necessarily constitute serious bipartisan opposition to Trump’s policy. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Motherhood and the Morality of Trump’s Immigration Policy," 18 June 2018 The president’s deference toward the leader of a repressive military incited criticism in Washington and on social media, including from some conservatives. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "U.S. seeks to assuage Asian allies and secure China's support after North Korea summit," 14 June 2018 Rauner has regularly drawn criticism from conservatives for supporting other progressive causes. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Rauner officiates gay wedding, social conservatives object," 12 July 2018 But while Democrats have been Pruitt’s harshest critics to date, the latest revelations have drawn sharp condemnation from conservatives as well, including former allies who’ve championed his work to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations. Fortune, "President Trump Is 'Not Happy' With EPA's Scott Pruitt," 15 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
: 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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