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Pronunciation:  kun'survutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who has conservative ideas or opinions
  2. [adj]  resistant to change
  3. [adj]  conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; "a bourgeois mentality"
  4. [adj]  unimaginatively conventional; "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-gray world of business"- Newsweek
  5. [adj]  avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate"
  6. [adj]  opposed to liberal reforms

CONSERVATIVE is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: blimpish, bourgeois, button-down, buttoned-down, buttoned-up, cautious, conservativist, conventional, fusty, hidebound, materialistic, middle-class, moderate, nonprogressive, standpat(a), traditionalist, ultraconservative, unprogressive
 Antonyms: liberal, liberal, progressive
 See Also: adult, capitalist, conformist, diehard, extreme right-winger, grownup, hardliner, minimalist, orthodox, reactionary, right, rightist, right-winger, rugged individualist, square, square toes, traditionalist, ultraconservative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*serv"a*tive\, a. [Cf. F. conservatif.]
    1. Having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or
       from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.
    2. Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions;
       opposed to change or innovation.
    3. 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}.
             We have always been conscientiously attached to what
             is called the Tory, and which might with more
             propriety be called the Conservative, party.
                                                   --Quart. Rev.
    {Conservative system} (Mech.), a material system of such a
       nature that after the system has undergone any series of
       changes, and been brought back in any manner to its
       original state, the whole work done by external agents on
       the system is equal to the whole work done by the system
       overcoming external forces.                 --Clerk
  2. \Con*serv"a*tive\, n.
    1. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury,
       innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.
             The Holy Spirit is the great conservative of the new
             life.                                 --Jer. Taylor.
    2. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and
       customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in
       politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.
    3. (Eng. Hist.) A member of the Conservative party.
Thesaurus Terms
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