Definition of Conservatism

1. Noun. A political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes.

Exact synonyms: Conservativism
Generic synonyms: Ideology, Political Orientation, Political Theory
Specialized synonyms: Neoconservatism, Reaction
Derivative terms: Conservative

Definition of Conservatism

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

Definition of Conservatism

1. Noun. A political philosophy that advocates traditional values. ¹

2. Noun. A risk-averse attitude or approach. ¹

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Definition of Conservatism

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Conservatism

conservation of charge
conservation of electricity
conservation of energy
conservation of energy resources
conservation of matter
conservation of momentum
conservation of natural resources
conservation of parity
conservatism (current term)
conservative model
conservative replication
conservative substitution
conservative treatment

Literary usage of Conservatism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1899)
"True conservatism In Gynecology. BY CHARLES P. NOBLE, MD [Read January 25 1899. ... On the other hand, conservatism may be employed in its etymologic sense, ..."

2. The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold, D.D., Late Head-master of by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1862)
"I think conservatism far worse than Toryism, if by Toryism be meant a fondness for monarchical or even despotic governments for despotism may often further ..."

3. Natural Drills in Expression, with Selections: A Series of Exercises by Arthur Edward Phillips (1909)
"They usually demand Assertion tinged with Admiration or Depreciation. Some times Comparison calls for the tone of Concession.] conservatism and Reform. ..."

4. The Reformed Quarterly Review by Thomas G. Apple (1893)
"conservatism AND RADICALISM IN THEOLOGY. BY REV. C. CLEVER, DD IN every great movement there will always be a serious conflict between the conservative and ..."

5. The Radical by Sidney H.. Morse, Joseph B.. Marvin (1867)
"conservatism. • A VERY prevalent opinion of our day is, that it is wrong to fol- •**• low right, unless with extreme moderation, and at almost geological ..."

6. Government by All the People: The Initiative, the Referendum, and the Recall by Delos Franklin Wilcox (1912)
"... ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MAJORITY RULE—THAT IT WOULD BE A BULWARK OF TRUE conservatism conservatism is a good word that ought to represent a good idea. ..."

7. Speeches on Political Questions [1850-1868] by George Washington Julian (1872)
"RADICALISM AND conservatism — THE TRUTH OF HISTORY VINDICATED. ... [This parallel between Radicalism and conservatism, drawn after the government had fairly ..."

8. New Viewpoints in American History by Arthur Meier Schlesinger (1922)
"CHAPTER V RADICALISM AND conservatism IN AMERICAN HISTORY The heated discussion conducted in recent years by press and platform on the merits and demerits ..."

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