|1.||favouring the preservation of established customs, values, etc, and opposing innovation|
|2.||of, characteristic of, or relating to conservatism|
|3.||tending to be moderate or cautious: a conservative estimate|
|4.||conventional in style or type: a conservative suit|
|5.||med Compare radical (of treatment) designed to alleviate symptoms|
|6.||physics a field of force, system, etc, in which the work done moving a body from one point to another is independent of the path taken between them: electrostatic fields of force are conservative|
|7.||a person who is reluctant to change or consider new ideas; conformist|
|8.||a supporter or advocate of conservatism|
|9.||a less common word for preservative|
"Strictly speaking, conservatism is not a political system, but rather a way of looking at the civil order. The conservative of Peru ... will differ greatly from those of Australia, for though they may share a preference for things established, the institutions and customs which they desire to preserve are not identical." [Russell Kirk (1918-1994)]Phrases such as a conservative estimate make no sense etymologically.
conservative con·ser·va·tive (kən-sûr'və-tĭv)
Of or relating to treatment by gradual, limited, or well-established procedures; not radical.
A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with conservatism.