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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. Having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.
  8. Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation.
  9. 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.
  10. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.
  11. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.
  12. A member of the Conservative party.
  13. Having the power to preserve, as salt; naturally opposed to change.
  14. That which preserves; one opposed to hasty changes in the political, religious, or civil institutions of the country.
  15. 1. Preservative. 2. Opposed to radical or heroic measures of treatment.
  16. Preventing destruction.
  17. Tending, or having power to conserve.
  18. ( 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.
  19. One who desires to preserve institutions until they can be changed with certainty for the better.
  20. Tending to conserve.
  21. Adhering to the existing order of things; opposed to change or progress.
  22. Conserving.
  23. A conservative person.
  24. Tending to conserve; inclined to conserve, especially what is established; disposed to uphold all established institutions.
  25. 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.
  26. Able to preserve from loss, decay, or injury.
  27. That which preserves; in politics, one opposed to unwarranted or hasty changes in the state.
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Antonyms for conservative

meretricious, wild, strange, offbeat, nontraditional, remiss, bizarre, lefty, neoliberal, progressive, unintentional, showy, graceless, weird, lax, outre, funky, reform-minded, garish, fussy, ultra, jazzy, off-kilter, theatrical, dowdy, gaudy, erratic, quirky, eye-catching, fanatic, emphatic, odd, modernist, neglectful, marked, contemporary, brash, bizarro, impetuous, liberal, venturesome, broad-minded, gilded, snazzy, razzle-dazzle, nonorthodox, low-class, advanced, revolutionist, tasteless, pizzazzy, ultramodernist, curious, extremist, splashy, bold, middle-of-the-road, unwary, ticky-tacky, forgetful, brilliant, reckless, eccentric, hammy, rabid, welfarist, Kenspeckle, gingerbready, flamboyant, injudicious, inconsiderate, upper class, way out, absentminded, asleep, far-out, thorough, unstylish, flashy, organic, weirdo, cheesy, inadvertent, swank, socialised, overdecorated, gingerbreaded, trashy, tacky, catchy, centrist, fundamental, unsafe, inattentive, open-minded, negligent, immoderate, bodacious, Liberalist, remarkable, regardless, incautious, tawdry, pronounced, rash, commanding, lower class, screwy, crazy, socialized, glitzy, unorthodox, nonconventional, unconventional, liberalistic, flaring, arresting, baroque, noisy, prominent, striking, total, noticeable, spaced-out, extreme, vulgar, middle of the roader, off-the-wall, overdone, unfashionable, unmindful, reformist, nonconformist, unguarded, gingerbread, stagy, wacky, peculiar, ornate, constitutional, heedless, moderate, rococo, bedizened, Queerish, frilly, melodramatic, central, revolutionary, out-of-the-way, dramatic, conspicuous, radical, grabby, cranky, modern, ostentatious, thoughtless, loud, florid, overwrought, large-minded, left, inelegant, indiscreet, fancy, center, careless, civil-libertarian, thoroughgoing, unplanned, imprudent, outlandish, kinky, funny, quaint, styleless, welfare-statist.

Quotes of conservative

  1. I'd like to have a drink with Bill Maher and see how he feels. We were too conservative coming over to Fox from fX, and got ourselves off our best game. – Tom Bergeron
  2. One of the things that goes with getting older is that one becomes more conservative and I emphasise that when I use the word conservative I do not mean politically. – Jeffrey Bernard
  3. Shakespeare, who is probably the greatest writer and poet of the English language, lived in a time that was politically very conservative and it's reflected in his writings. – Alex Cox
  4. I was born and raised in the South, which is pretty conservative – James Denton
  5. I'm a conservative I was an avid supporter of Ronald Reagan; I thought he was fabulous. – Shannen Doherty
  6. As a conservative power, the United States has a vital interest in upholding and expanding the reign of law in international relations. – J. William Fulbright
  7. The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. – John Kenneth Galbraith
  8. The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all, is a conservative critic. – Alfred Edward Housman
  9. The house has to serve comfort. The work of art is revolutionary; the house is conservative – Adolf Loos
  10. The conservative movement today is like that tall ship with its proud captain: strong, accomplished but veering off course into the dangerous and uncharted waters of big government republicanism. – Mike Pence
  11. If you're a liberal, anything you say is protected. If you're a conservative anything you say is hateful. – Laura Schlessinger
  12. These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion; or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual. – Joan D. Vinge
  13. I think that if we get back to some basic fundamental principles, we can make sure that we resolve the issues. And I think that that's what the Tea Party was all about. It's getting back to a constitutional conservative government. And that is limited, but it's also effective and efficient. I think that that's what we'll be able to do. – Allen West
  14. It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea. – Robert Anton Wilson
  15. Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. – Woodrow Wilson

Usage examples for conservative

  1. He assumes with justice that, within this conservative class, one may " usually find at least a fair portion of the cultivation, of the moral thoughtfulness, of the personal purity and honour, existing in the community to which they happen to belong." – Canada under British Rule 1760-1900 by John G. Bourinot
  2. Perhaps it is these very conservative views which have made their talk take such powerful hold on the popular imagination. – All about the Klondyke gold mines by J. Armoy Knox J. G. Pratt
  3. I have observed that they are all conservative – England and the War by Walter Raleigh
  4. Your Liberal, as a rule, was a Frenchman, and your Conservative a German. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. I intend to stand for the borough as a Conservative and I have told them so down at Silverbridge. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  8. It is extremely difficult to understand how his practical observations and thoroughly conservative claim failed to attract more attention than they did from really great physicians who were deeply interested in the progress of medicine. – Makers of Modern Medicine by James J. Walsh
  9. He has none too cordial feeling toward me personally, and in addition he says my paper is too conservative – Paul and the Printing Press by Sara Ware Bassett
  10. 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
  11. Profoundly conservative he had no welcome for novel points of view. – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  12. 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
  13. Their action was cautious and conservative – The War of Independence by John Fiske
  14. She remembered the narrow, conservative life of the old south and that her father had lived largely upon traditions of wealth and family, teaching her little else. – The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army by Margaret Vandercook
  15. At the same rate, the year's payment, at a conservative estimate, will be that amount. – The Title Market by Emily Post
  16. Both men were known in Eastern as careful, conservative pilots. – The Flying Saucers are Real by Donald Keyhoe
  17. My figures are conservative ones. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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