Conservative meaning

kən-sûrvə-tĭv
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A conservative is defined as someone in a political party that opposes big government and supports traditional family structures.

An example of a conservative is former president, George W. Bush.

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Conservative is defined as a type of statement that is safe or moderate.

An example of conservative is an estimate of how much time a job will take.

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Traditional or restrained in style.

A conservative dark suit.

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Moderate; cautious.

A conservative estimate.

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Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
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The definition of conservative is favoring older, known traditions and resisting any changes.

An example of conservative is preferring laws to stay the same.

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Tending to conserve; preservative.

The conservative use of natural resources.

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One favoring traditional views and values.
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Conserving or tending to conserve; preservative.
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Of or characteristic of a conservative; tending to preserve established ways or institutions and to resist or oppose radical change.
  • Of a political tendency or movement in recent times variously promoting laissez-faire capitalism and more decentralized government and opposing gun control, legalized abortion, etc.
  • Designating or of the major political party of Great Britain or the similar one in Canada that is characterized by conservative positions on social and economic issues.
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Moderate; cautious; safe.

A conservative estimate.

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Designating or of a movement that accepts traditional forms and religious ritual that have been adapted to modern life with moderation and flexibility.
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A conservative person.
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An investment or investment style that is likely to result in modest returns. However, the investor is unlikely to lose the amount of money that has been invested. Typically, people approaching retirement or in retirement opt for a conservative investment approach.
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(US, economics) A fiscal conservative.
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(US, politics) A political conservative.
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Having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.
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Conservative Party.
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(politics) A member of a political party incorporating the word "Conservative" in its name.
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A supporter of political conservatism.
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A member or supporter of a Conservative political party.
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Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political conservatism, especially in the United Kingdom or Canada.
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Of or adhering to Conservative Judaism.
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A preservative.
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A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status.
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(US, social sciences) A social conservative.
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Tending to resist change or innovation.

The curriculum committee at this university is extremely conservative.

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At a conservative estimate, growth may even be negative next year.

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(US, economics, politics, social sciences) Supporting some combination of fiscal, political or social conservatism.
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(US, politics) Relating to the Republican Party, regardless of its conservatism.
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(UK, politics) Relating to the Conservative Party.
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(physics, not comparable) Neither creating nor destroying a given quantity.
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(UK, politics) A member of the Conservative party.
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(Canada, politics) A member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors.
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A member of the Conservative Party of Great Britain or of the Conservative Party of Canada.
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Origin of conservative

  • From Middle French conservatif, from Latin conservare

    From Wiktionary