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Conservative definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONSERVATIVE, a. Preservative; having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste or injury.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: resistant to change [ant: liberal]
2: having social or political views favoring conservatism
3: avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate" [syn: cautious, conservative]
4: unimaginatively conventional; "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek [syn: button-down, buttoned-down, conservative]
5: conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; "a bourgeois mentality" [syn: bourgeois, conservative, materialistic] n
1: a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas [syn: conservative, conservativist] [ant: liberal, liberalist, progressive]
2: a member of a Conservative Party

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. preservative 2. a. of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism b. capitalized of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as (1) of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions (2) Progressive Conservative 3. a. tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions ; traditional 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> 4. of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism conservatively adverb conservativeness noun II. noun Date: 1831 1. a. an adherent or advocate of political conservatism b. capitalized a member or supporter of a conservative political party 2. a. one who adheres to traditional methods or views b. a cautious or discreet person

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 a averse to rapid change. b (of views, taste, etc.) moderate, avoiding extremes (conservative in his dress). 2 (of an estimate etc.) purposely low; moderate, cautious. 3 (Conservative) of or characteristic of Conservatives or the Conservative Party. 4 tending to conserve. --n. 1 a conservative person. 2 (Conservative) a supporter or member of the Conservative Party. Phrases and idioms: Conservative Judaism Judaism allowing only minor changes in traditional ritual etc. Conservative Party 1 a British political party promoting free enterprise and private ownership. 2 a similar party elsewhere. conservative surgery surgery that seeks to preserve tissues as far as possible. Derivatives: conservatism n. conservatively adv. conservativeness n. Etymology: ME f. LL conservativus (as conserve)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Conservative Con*serv"a*tive, a. [Cf. F. conservatif.] 1. Having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Conservative Con*serv"a*tive, n. 1. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver. The Holy Spirit is the great conservative of the new life. --Jer. Taylor. 2. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical. 3. (Eng. Hist.) A member of the Conservative party.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(conservatives) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. Note: The spelling 'Conservative' is also used for meaning 1. 1. A Conservative politician or voter is a member of or votes for the Conservative Party in Britain. Most Conservative MPs appear happy with the government's reassurances. ...disenchanted Conservative voters. = Tory ADJ Conservative is also a noun. In 1951 the Conservatives were returned to power. N-COUNT 2. Someone who is conservative has right-wing views. ...counties whose citizens invariably support the most conservative candidate in any election. = right-wing ADJ Conservative is also a noun. The new judge is 50-year-old David Suitor who's regarded as a conservative. N-COUNT 3. Someone who is conservative or has conservative ideas is unwilling to accept changes and new ideas. It is essentially a narrow and conservative approach to child care. ADJ 4. If someone dresses in a conservative way, their clothes are conventional in style. The girl was well dressed, as usual, though in a more conservative style. ADJ conservatively She was always very conservatively dressed when we went out. ADV: ADV with v 5. A conservative estimate or guess is one in which you are cautious and estimate or guess a low amount which is probably less that the real amount. A conservative estimate of the bill, so far, is about 22,000... This guess is probably on the conservative side. ADJ: usu ADJ n conservatively The bequest is conservatively estimated at 30 million. ADV: ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Preservative, conservatory. 2. Opposed to change.

Moby Thesaurus

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Moby Thesaurus

Democrat, Labourite, Republican, Tory, Whig, heeler, loyalist, partisan, party faithful, party hack, party man, party member, party wheelhorse, registered Democrat, registered Republican, regular, stalwart, ward heeler, wheelhorse


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