Definitions for Conservative
kənˈsɜr və tɪvcon·ser·va·tive
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Conservative.
a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
a member of a Conservative Party
resistant to change
having social or political views favoring conservatism
"a conservative estimate"
button-down, buttoned-down, conservativeadjective
"a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek
bourgeois, conservative, materialisticadjective
conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
"a bourgeois mentality"
A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status.
A fiscal conservative
A political conservative
A social conservative.
Tending to resist change.
The curriculum committee at this university is extremely conservative.
Based on pessimistic assumptions.
At a conservative estimate, growth may even be negative next year.
Supporting some combination of fiscal, political or social conservatism.
Relating to the Republican Party, regardless of its conservatism.
Relating to the Conservative Party.
Neither creating nor destroying a given quantity.
A member of a political party incorporating the word "Conservative" in its name.
A member of the Conservative party.
A member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors
Etymology: From servare
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Having the power of opposing diminution or injury.
Etymology: from conservo, Latin.
The spherical figure, as to all heavenly bodies, so it agreeeth to light, as the most perfect and conservative of all others. Henry Peacham.
Conservatism is a cultural, social, and political philosophy that seeks to promote and to preserve traditional institutions, practices, and values. The central tenets of conservatism may vary in relation to the culture and civilization in which it appears. In Western culture, depending on the particular nation, conservatives seek to promote a range of social institutions such as the nuclear family, organized religion, the military, property rights, monarchy, and parliamentary government. Conservatives tend to favor institutions and practices that guarantee stability and evolved gradually. Adherents of conservatism often oppose certain aspects of modernity (for example mass culture and secularism) and seek a return to traditional values, though different groups of conservatives may choose different traditional values to preserve.The first established use of the term in a political context originated in 1818 with François-René de Chateaubriand during the period of Bourbon Restoration that sought to roll back the policies of the French Revolution. Historically associated with right-wing politics, the term has since been used to describe a wide range of views. There is no single set of policies regarded as conservative because the meaning of conservatism depends on what is considered traditional in a given place and time. Conservative thought has varied considerably as it has adapted itself to existing traditions and national cultures. For example, some conservatives advocate for greater economic intervention, while others advocate for a more laissez faire free-market economic system. Thus, conservatives from different parts of the world—each upholding their respective traditions—may disagree on a wide range of issues. Edmund Burke, an 18th-century politician who opposed the French Revolution but supported the American Revolution, is credited as one of the main theorists of conservatism in the 1790s.
In a broader sense, conservative refers to a person, political philosophy, or attitude favoring or advocating the preservation of traditional institutions, structures, philosophies or views, and typically cautious about change, innovation, or progressive ideologies. It may emphasize personal responsibility, economic freedom, and limited government intervention. The specific principles, beliefs, and policies regarded as conservative can vary significantly across different cultures and regions.
having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative
tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation
of or pertaining to a political party which favors the conservation of existing institutions and forms of government, as the Conservative party in England; -- contradistinguished from Liberal and Radical
one who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver
one who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical
a member of the Conservative party
Etymology: [Cf. F. conservatif.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
One who is opposed to the things he is in favor of.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Conservative' in Nouns Frequency: #1372
Rank popularity for the word 'Conservative' in Adjectives Frequency: #201
The numerical value of Conservative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Conservative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
It is neither liberal nor conservative to lie or to commit adultery. It is simply wrong. It is neither liberal nor conservative to obey the laws of the Church. It is simply right. Wrong and right are the difference between death and life. They are the guideposts along the paths to damnation or to eternal life. That difference is what our lives are really about. All the rest is distraction.
When you are right you cannot be too radical when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many of the prejudices of the few.
I think he will continue with Abdullah's reforms. He realises the importance of this. He's not conservative in person, but he values the opinion of the conservative constituency of the country, king Abdullah was willing to challenge the conservatives, but not to crush them. Salman respected the status quo. He wanted reform but was very much connected to the tribal mentality, the conservative nature of his constituency.
He is a true northeastern conservative moderate, the conservatives are prejudiced against Christie going in. He's the most conservative governor we've ever had in New Jersey, but I think conservative in New Jersey is probably moderate.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for Conservative
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- умерен, консервативен, консерватор, внимателенBulgarian
- conservador, republicàCatalan, Valencian
- Konvervative, konservativ, KonservativerGerman
- συντηρητικός, μετριοπαθής, επιφυλακτικός, ρεπουμπλικανόςGreek
- محافظه کارPersian
- konservatiivi, konservatiivinen, vanhoillinen, varovainen, republikaaninenFinnish
- conservateur, prudentFrench
- שמרנית, שמרני, שמרןHebrew
- zachowawczy, konserwatywnyPolish
- conservador, prudentePortuguese
- conservatoare, conservatorRomanian
- республиканский, консерватор, умеренный, консервативныйRussian
- gammaldags, republikansk, bakåtsträvande, konservativSwedish
Get even more translations for Conservative »
Find a translation for the Conservative definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"Conservative." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 26 Sep. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Conservative>.