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Definitions of conservative

  1. conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; " a bourgeois mentality"
  2. unimaginatively conventional; " a colorful character in the buttoned- down, dull- gray world of business"- Newsweek
  3. avoiding excess; " a conservative estimate"
  4. opposed to liberal reforms
  5. a person who has conservative ideas or opinions
  6. resistant to change
  7. Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation.
  8. 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.
  9. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.
  10. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.
  11. A member of the Conservative party.
  12. Having the power to preserve, as salt; naturally opposed to change.
  13. That which preserves; one opposed to hasty changes in the political, religious, or civil institutions of the country.
  14. Tending, or having power to conserve.
  15. ( politics) One who desires to preserve the institutions of his country until they can be changed with certainty for the better: one averse to change.
  16. One who desires to preserve institutions until they can be changed with certainty for the better.
  17. Tending to conserve.
  18. Adhering to the existing order of things; opposed to change or progress.
  19. Conserving.
  20. Tending to conserve; inclined to conserve, especially what is established; disposed to uphold all established institutions.
  21. One who is for maintaining an institution or form of government in its present state; one who would conserve old institutions and is averse to change.
  22. Able to preserve from loss, decay, or injury.
  23. That which preserves; in politics, one opposed to unwarranted or hasty changes in the state.
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Usage examples for conservative

  1. It was quite obvious by now, even to the most conservative minds, that the end of human life on earth was not far off. – Spawn of the Comet by Harold Thompson Rich
  2. Why, in six months- say in eight months, because I like to be conservative-" he twinkled at me-" we'll have you out of here! – The Hated by Frederik Pohl
  3. October, 1889. I am afraid of those who look for a tendency between the lines, and who are determined to regard me either as a liberal or as a conservative. – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  4. Ever afterward, whenever he proposed to do something which the Americans regarded as too conservative, he would say: " You know that this is what William the Conqueror used to do!" – The Victory At Sea by William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick
  5. I am not speaking of the rich alone, and I think that if you knew Boston you would not say that the conservative class there is wholly composed of wealthy people. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  6. Both men were known in Eastern as careful, conservative pilots. – The Flying Saucers are Real by Donald Keyhoe
  7. I have observed that they are all conservative. – England and the War by Walter Raleigh
  8. At the same rate, the year's payment, at a conservative estimate, will be that amount. – The Title Market by Emily Post
  9. In temper he was what, in our time, is called a Conservative: in theory he was a Republican. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  10. From the very word 'go' I have been a Conservative; I have endeavored to save all in our institutions that I thought worth saving. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  11. Your Liberal, as a rule, was a Frenchman, and your Conservative a German. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  12. My figures are conservative ones. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
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