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A political philosophy developed in the 1970s and 1980s, advocating the active use of government power in pursuit of conservative domestic and foreign policies.

ne′o·con·ser′va·tive adj. & n.
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(ˌni oʊ kənˈsɜr vəˌtɪz əm)

a moderate form of political conservatism that generally opposes big government but supports social welfare and certain other liberal goals.
ne`o•con•serv′a•tive, n., adj.
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a new movement in conservatism, usually seen as a move further to the right of the position currently occupied by conservatives in politics or in attitudes. — neoconservative, n., adj.
See also: Attitudes, Politics
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neoconservatism - an approach to politics or theology that represents a return to a traditional point of view (in contrast to more liberal or radical schools of thought of the 1960s)
conservatism, conservativism - a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
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