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conservative

one who favors traditional views and values: She dresses in a conservative style.
Not to be confused with:
conservationist – an advocate of the protection of natural resources: The conservationist lobbied to save the trees.
conservator – one who is responsible for a person ruled incompetent: His son became his conservator.
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con·ser·va·tive

 (kən-sûr′və-tĭv)
adj.
1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
2. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit.
3. Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate.
4.
a. Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism.
b. Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.
5. Conservative 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.
6. Conservative Of or adhering to Conservative Judaism.
7. Tending to conserve; preservative: the conservative use of natural resources.
n.
1. One favoring traditional views and values.
2. A supporter of political conservatism.
3. Conservative A member or supporter of a Conservative political party.

con·ser′va·tive·ly adv.
con·ser′va·tive·ness n.
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conservative

(kənˈsɜːvətɪv)
adj
1. favouring the preservation of established customs, values, etc, and opposing innovation
2. of, characteristic of, or relating to conservatism
3. tending to be moderate or cautious: a conservative estimate.
4. conventional in style or type: a conservative suit.
5. (Medicine) med (of treatment) designed to alleviate symptoms. Compare radical4
6. (General Physics) physics denoting a field of force, system, etc, in which the work done moving a body from one point to another is independent of the path taken between them: electrostatic fields of force are conservative.
n
7. a person who is reluctant to change or consider new ideas; conformist
8. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter or advocate of conservatism
adj, n
(Cookery) a less common word for preservative
conˈservatively adv
conˈservativeness n

Conservative

(kənˈsɜːvətɪv)
(in Britain, Canada, and elsewhere) adj
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, supporting, or relating to a Conservative Party
2. (Judaism) of, relating to, or characterizing Conservative Judaism
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a supporter or member of a Conservative Party
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con•serv•a•tive

(kənˈsɜr və tɪv)

adj.
1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
2. cautiously moderate: a conservative estimate.
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: a conservative suit.
4. (cap.) of or pertaining to a conservative political party, esp. the Conservative Party of Great Britain.
5. of or pertaining to political conservatism.
6. (cap.) conforming to or characteristic of Conservative Judaism.
7. having the power or tendency to conserve; preservative.
n.
8. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.
9. a supporter of conservative political policies.
10. (cap.) a member of a conservative political party, esp. the Conservative Party of Great Britain.
11. a preservative.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin]
con•serv′a•tive•ly, adv.
con•serv′a•tive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conservative - a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideasconservative - a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
capitalist - a conservative advocate of capitalism
conformist - someone who conforms to established standards of conduct (especially in religious matters)
fuddy-duddy - a conservative who is old-fashioned or dull in attitude or appearance; "you may accuse me of being and old fuddy-duddy trying to stop young people having fun"
hardliner - a conservative who is uncompromising
minimalist - a conservative who advocates only minor reforms in government or politics
mossback - an extremely old-fashioned conservative
neocon, neoconservative - a conservative who subscribes to neoconservatism
extreme right-winger, reactionary, ultraconservative - an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism
rightist, right-winger - a member of a right wing political party
square toes, square - a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views
diehard, traditionalist - one who adheres to traditional views
liberal, liberalist, progressive - a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
2.Conservative - a member of a Conservative Party
fellow member, member - one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization); "only members will be admitted"; "a member of the faculty"; "she was introduced to all the members of his family"
Adj.1.conservative - resistant to change
orthodox - adhering to what is commonly accepted; "an orthodox view of the world"
right - of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
liberal - tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
2.conservative - having social or political views favoring conservatism
right - of or belonging to the political or intellectual right
3.conservative - avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate"
moderate - being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"
4.conservative - unimaginatively conventional; "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek
conventional - unimaginative and conformist; "conventional bourgeois lives"; "conventional attitudes"
5.conservative - conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle classconservative - conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; "a bourgeois mentality"
middle-class - occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy
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conservative

adjective
1. traditional, guarded, quiet, conventional, moderate, cautious, sober, reactionary, die-hard, middle-of-the-road, hidebound People tend to be more adventurous when they're young and more conservative as they get older.
traditional liberal, radical, progressive, innovative, imaginative
noun
1. traditionalist, moderate, reactionary, die-hard, middle-of-the-roader, stick-in-the-mud (informal) The new judge is regarded as a conservative.
traditionalist changer, radical, progressive, innovator
Quotations
"I do not know which makes a man more conservative - to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past" [John Maynard Keynes The End of Laissez-Faire]
"A man who is determined never to move out of the beaten road cannot lose his way" [William Hazlitt The Round Table]
"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward" [Franklin D. Roosevelt]
"The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution" [Hannah Arendt]
"Conservative: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others" [Ambrose Bierce The Cynic's Word Book]

Conservative

adjective
1. Tory, Republican (U.S.), right-wing Even among Conservative voters, more than a third disapprove of the tax.
noun
1. Tory, Republican (U.S.), right-winger Up to eighty Conservatives are expected to vote against the bill.
Quotations
"I've got money so I'm a Conservative" [Lord Thomson of Fleet]
"I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-politics, of resistance to politics" [Kingsley Amis]
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conservative

adjective
1. Strongly favoring retention of the existing order:
2. Kept within sensible limits:
3. Clinging to obsolete ideas:
4. Able to preserve:
noun
One who strongly favors retention of the existing order:
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Translations
مُحَافِظمُحافِظ، تَقليديمُحافِظ، مُقاوِم لِلتَّغيير
konzervativní
konservativ
konservatiivinenrepublikaaninenvanhoillinenvarovainenkonservatiivi
konzervativan
konzervatív
íhaldsamuríhaldsmaîur
保守的な
보수적인
konzervatívny
konservativeckonservativennazadnjaški
konservativ
ที่เป็นอนุรักษ์นิยม
tutucumuhafazakâr
bảo thủ

Conservative

[kənˈsɜːvətɪv] (Brit)
A. ADJ (Pol) → conservador
Conservative PartyPartido m Conservador
B. N (Pol) → conservador(a) m/f
to vote Conservativevotar a favor del partido Conservador

conservative

[kənˈsɜːvətɪv] ADJ
1. (= conventional) [person, suit, colour, ideas] → conservador
2. (= cautious) [attitude, approach, guess] → prudente, cauteloso
a conservative estimateun cálculo prudente or cauteloso
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Conservative

conservative [kənˈsɜːrvətɪv] (British) (POLITICS)
adjconservateur Conservative Party
nconservateur/trice m/f

conservative

[kənˈsɜːrvətɪv] adj
(in approach, behaviour)conservateur/trice
(= conventional) [clothes] → classique
[estimate] → prudent(e)
at a conservative estimate → au bas mot, au moins
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conservative

adj
person, stylekonservativ; (= cautious, moderate)vorsichtig; at a conservative estimatebei vorsichtiger Schätzung; I want something conservative (when buying clothes) → ich möchte etwas Gediegenes or Unauffälliges
(Pol) → konservativ; the Conservative Party (Brit) → die Konservative Partei
n (Pol: also Conservative) → Konservative(r) mf; I’m a conservative in such mattersin solchen Dingen bin ich konservativ
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Conservative

[kənˈsɜːvətɪv] adj & n (Brit) (Pol) → conservatore/trice

conservative

[kənˈsɜːvətɪv]
1. adj (Pol) (person, style) → conservatore/trice; (estimate, guess) → prudente
2. nconservatore/trice
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conserve

(kənˈsəːv) verb
to keep from changing, being damaged or lost. We must conserve the country's natural resources; This old building should be conserved.
noun
something preserved, eg fruits in sugar, jam etc.
ˌconserˈvation (kon-) noun
the act of conserving especially wildlife, the countryside, old buildings etc.
ˌconserˈvationist (kon-) noun
a person who is interested in conservation.
conˈservatism (-vətizəm) noun
dislike of change.
conˈservative (-tiv) adjective
1. disliking change. Older people tend to be conservative in their attitudes; conservative opinions.
2. in politics, wanting to avoid major changes and to keep business and industry in private hands.
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conservative

مُحَافِظ konzervativní konservativ konservativ συντηρητικός conservador konservatiivinen conservateur konzervativan conservatore 保守的な 보수적인 conservatief konservativ konserwatywny conservador консервативный konservativ ที่เป็นอนุรักษ์นิยม tutucu bảo thủ 保守的
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con·ser·va·tive

a. conservador-a; preservativo-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

conservative

adj (measures, etc.) conservador
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References in classic literature ?
Gilbert, who was an ardent Conservative, found himself caught in the vortex, being much in demand for speech-making at the various county rallies.
I was proud of being a Conservative. Rachel Lynde, of course, being a Liberal, had no use for him.
If there was a reason for his preferring liberal to conservative views, which were held also by many of his circle, it arose not from his considering liberalism more rational, but from its being in closer accordance with his manner of life.
Before a week was over, every Square and Triangle in the district had copied the example of Chromatistes, and only a few of the more conservative Pentagons still held out.
The Russian war should have been the most popular war of modern times: it was a war of good sense, for real interests, for the tranquillity and security of all; it was purely pacific and conservative.
"Ah, Phoebe, I told you how it would be!" said the artist, with a half-melancholy laugh."You find me a conservative already!
By degrees they sink into the category of the reactionary conservative Socialists depicted above, differing from these only by more systematic pedantry, and by their fanatical and superstitious belief in the miraculous effects of their social science.
You will please note that we have increased your royalties to twenty per cent, which is about as high as a conservative publishing house dares go.
And how inexpressibly sad it was to hear him prattling on of the ideal life, of socialism, of Walt Whitman and what not,--all the dear old quackeries,--while I was already settling down comfortably to a conservative middle age.
But I'm a conservative in music--it's not like ideas, you know.
He saved himself, however, after the sane and conservative manner of his kind, by labelling his generalizations as "tentative." One of his first experiences was in the great Wilmax Cannery, where he was put on piece-work making small packing cases.
On the other side, the conservative party, composed of the most moderate, able, and cultivated part of the population, is timid, and merely defensive of property.