Definition of Conservative

1. Noun. A person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas.

2. Adjective. Resistant to change.

3. Noun. A member of a Conservative Party.
Generic synonyms: Fellow Member, Member

4. Adjective. Having social or political views favoring conservatism.
Similar to: Right

5. Adjective. Avoiding excess. "A conservative estimate"
Exact synonyms: Cautious
Similar to: Moderate

6. Adjective. Unimaginatively conventional. "A colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"
Exact synonyms: Button-down, Buttoned-down
Similar to: Conventional

7. Adjective. Conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class. "A bourgeois mentality"
Exact synonyms: Bourgeois, Materialistic
Similar to: Middle-class
Derivative terms: Materialism

Definition of Conservative

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

2. n. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.

Definition of Conservative

1. Proper noun. Conservative Party ¹

2. Proper noun. (politics) A member of a political party incorporating the word "Conservative" in its name. ¹

3. Proper noun. (British politics) A member of the Conservative party. ¹

4. Proper noun. (Canada politics) A member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors ¹

5. Noun. A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status. ¹

6. Noun. (US economics) A fiscal conservative ¹

7. Noun. (US politics) A political conservative ¹

8. Noun. (US social sciences) A social conservative. ¹

9. Adjective. Tending to resist change. ¹

10. Adjective. Based on pessimistic assumptions. ¹

11. Adjective. (US economics politics social sciences) Supporting some combination of fiscal, political or social conservatism. ¹

12. Adjective. (US politics) Relating to the Republican Party, regardless of its conservatism. ¹

13. Adjective. (British politics) Relating to the Conservative Party. ¹

14. Adjective. (context: physics) (notcomp) Neither creating nor destroying a given quantity. ¹

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Definition of Conservative

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Medical Definition of Conservative

1. To preserve) designed to preserve health, restore function and repair structures by nonradical methods, as conservative surgery. Origin: L. Conservare This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Conservative

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

Literary usage of Conservative

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

1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1855)
"conservative associations, way in which they ought to be worked, ... conservative meetings, general character of the, during the recess, 1837, xli. 302. ..."

2. New Voices: An Introduction to Contemporary Poetry by Marguerite Ogden Bigelow Wilkinson (1922)
"After all, the normal conservative is a very decent person, liberal enough to try ... But always there are people who are more than normally conservative. ..."

3. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept, Southern Pacific Company (1912)
"only rhv and Opportunities for conservative Investment on the Pacific Coast By GEORGE K. WEEKS of N. \V. HALSEY & Co. Buyers of high-grade investment bonds ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Final Results of conservative Surgery of the Tubes and Ovaries. ... having practised so-called conservative surgery of the uterine appendages in 158 cases. ..."

5. The Dynamical Theory of Gases by James Hopwood Jeans (1904)
"THE THEORY OF A NON-conservative GAS. GENERAL DYNAMICS OF NON-conservative SYSTEMS. 207. IT is proper to begin the study of the dynamics of a ..."

6. The Life of Benjamin Disraeli: Earl of Beaconsfield by William Flavelle Monypenny, George Earle Buckle (1916)
"... A conservative REFORM BILL 1858-1859 The adoption of a policy of Parliamentary Reform by the conservative Government of 1858 was attacked at the time, ..."

7. Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties by Moisei Ostrogorski (1902)
"EIGHTH CHAPTER THE conservative ORGANIZATION (continued) I WHATEVER were the hopes placed in the Primrose League by its initiators, the movement was yet in ..."

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