What does conservative mean?

Definitions for conservative
kənˈsɜr və tɪvcon·ser·va·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conservative, conservativistnoun

    a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas

  2. Conservativeadjective

    a member of a Conservative Party

  3. conservativeadjective

    resistant to change

  4. conservativeadjective

    having social or political views favoring conservatism

  5. cautious, conservativeadjective

    avoiding excess

    "a conservative estimate"

  6. button-down, buttoned-down, conservativeadjective

    unimaginatively conventional

    "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek

  7. bourgeois, conservative, materialisticadjective

    conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class

    "a bourgeois mentality"

Wiktionary

  1. conservativenoun

    A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status.

  2. conservativenoun

    A fiscal conservative

  3. conservativenoun

    A political conservative

  4. conservativenoun

    A social conservative.

  5. conservativeadjective

    Tending to resist change.

    The curriculum committee at this university is extremely conservative.

  6. conservativeadjective

    Based on pessimistic assumptions.

    At a conservative estimate, growth may even be negative next year.

  7. conservativeadjective

    Supporting some combination of fiscal, political or social conservatism.

  8. conservativeadjective

    Relating to the Republican Party, regardless of its conservatism.

  9. conservativeadjective

    Relating to the Conservative Party.

  10. conservativeadjective

    Neither creating nor destroying a given quantity.

  11. Conservativenoun

    Conservative Party

  12. Conservativenoun

    A member of a political party incorporating the word "Conservative" in its name.

  13. Conservativenoun

    A member of the Conservative party.

  14. Conservativenoun

    A member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors

  15. Etymology: From servare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Conservativeadjective

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. Conservative

    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.

ChatGPT

  1. conservative

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conservativeadjective

    having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative

  2. Conservativeadjective

    tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation

  3. Conservativeadjective

    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

  4. Conservativenoun

    one who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver

  5. Conservativenoun

    one who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical

  6. Conservativenoun

    a member of the Conservative party

  7. Etymology: [Cf. F. conservatif.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. conservative

    One who is opposed to the things he is in favor of.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conservative' in Nouns Frequency: #1372

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conservative' in Adjectives Frequency: #201

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conservative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conservative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of conservative in a Sentence

  1. Richard Aboulafia:

    Airbus was very aggressive about booking orders and delivering planes and Boeing were very conservative; Airbus gets hit a bit worse.

  2. Thomas Jaeger:

    It's extremely dangerous for Germany and its reputation as a country that is open to the world, it's also extremely dangerous for Merkel because a political movement is now opening up to the right of her conservative party and that had never happened before.

  3. Michael Tipsword:

    I'm a pretty staunch conservative.

  4. Kirk Adams:

    A lot of Republicans inside the official AZ GOP apparatus have left their conservative principals behind. They're now loyal to a single man or personality versus a platform of ideas, perhaps this fever will break. But if it doesn't, it spells bad news for Republicans seeking office in this state.

  5. Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

    That is conservatism, to give people a chance to live out their God-given potential, and because some people say they don't like my tone or because I question abolishing Medicare or Medicaid, that that's not conservative? Listen, I have a plan to improve Medicare and Medicaid. I have done it in Ohio. To say that we're going to deport 10 or 11 million people and divide families, that's just nutty.

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Translations for conservative

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  • محافظArabic
  • умерен, консервативен, консерватор, внимателенBulgarian
  • conservador, republicàCatalan, Valencian
  • konzervativníCzech
  • konservativDanish
  • Konvervative, konservativ, KonservativerGerman
  • συντηρητικός, μετριοπαθής, επιφυλακτικός, ρεπουμπλικανόςGreek
  • konservativaEsperanto
  • conservadorSpanish
  • محافظه کارPersian
  • konservatiivi, konservatiivinen, vanhoillinen, varovainen, republikaaninenFinnish
  • conservateur, prudentFrench
  • coimeádachIrish
  • שמרנית, שמרני, שמרןHebrew
  • íhaldssinniIcelandic
  • prudenteItalian
  • 보수주의자Korean
  • zachowawczy, konserwatywnyPolish
  • conservador, prudentePortuguese
  • conservatoare, conservatorRomanian
  • республиканский, консерватор, умеренный, консервативныйRussian
  • gammaldags, republikansk, bakåtsträvande, konservativSwedish
  • อนุรักษนิยมThai
  • muhafazakârTurkish
  • קאנסערוואטיווYiddish

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