the principles and practices of a conservative person or party; tendency to oppose change in institutions and methods
- The inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order.
- A political philosophy or attitude that emphasizes respect for traditional institutions and opposes the attempt to achieve social change though legislation or publicly funded programs.
- Caution or moderation, as in behavior or outlook.
From Latin conservare (“to conserve; to keep, guard, observe”).