What does conservatism mean?

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kənˈsɜr vəˌtɪz əmcon·ser·vatism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conservatism, conservativism(noun)

    a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes

Wiktionary

  1. conservatism(Noun)

    A political philosophy that advocates traditional values.

    Etymology: From conservare.

  2. conservatism(Noun)

    A risk-averse attitude or approach.

    Etymology: From conservare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conservatism(noun)

    the disposition and tendency to preserve what is established; opposition to change; the habit of mind; or conduct, of a conservative

    Etymology: [For conservatism.]

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  1. Conservatism

    Conservatism is a political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional social institutions. A person who follows the philosophies of conservatism is referred to as a traditionalist or conservative. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were". The first established use of the term in a political context was by François-René de Chateaubriand in 1819, following the French Revolution. The term, historically associated with right-wing politics, has since been used to describe a wide range of views. There is no single set of policies that are universally regarded as conservative, because the meaning of conservatism depends on what is considered traditional in a given place and time. Thus, conservatives from different parts of the world—each upholding their respective traditions—may disagree on a wide range of issues. Edmund Burke, an Anglo-Irish politician who served in the British House of Commons and opposed the French Revolution, is credited as one of the founders of conservatism in Great Britain. According to Quintin Hogg, a former chairman of the British Conservative Party, "Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude, a constant force, performing a timeless function in the development of a free society, and corresponding to a deep and permanent requirement of human nature itself."

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Conservatism

    indisposition to change established laws and customs that have wrought beneficially in the past and contributed to the welfare of the country; in practical politics often a very different thing, and regarded by Carlyle in his time "a portentous enbodied sham; accursed of God, and doomed to destruction, as all lies are."

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conservatism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conservatism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of conservatism in a Sentence

  1. Robertson Davies:

    The world is burdened with young fogies. Old men with ossified minds are easily dealt with. But men who look young, act young and everlastingly harp on the fact that they are young, but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution that would be excessive in their grandfathers, are the curse of the world. Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.

  2. President Ronald Reagan:

    If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals -- if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

  3. Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan:

    Here's what I can control. If I see episodes where conservatism is being disfigured, if I see comments that mislead the people as to who we are as Republicans, I’m going to speak out on those.

  4. Bobby Jindal:

    It's not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can't be tolerated within our party, we've also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.

  5. Gary Johnson:

    It should be [a conservative issue], this is your life and don't you have the freedom to do what you want to do with your life. But you also have the responsibility that your actions don't mess with my life. Isn't that kind of fundamentally conservatism, period?

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