disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
(often initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.
(initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.
having the power or tendency to conserve or preserve.
Mathematics. (of a vector or vector function) having curl equal to zero; irrotational; lamellar.
a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.
a supporter of conservative political policies.
(initial capital letter) a member of a conservative political party, especially the Conservative party in Great Britain.
a preservative.

1350–1400; < Late Latin conservātīvus, equivalent to Latin conservāt(us) (see conservation) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English conservatif < Middle French < Latin, as above

conservatively, adverb
conservativeness, noun
anticonservative, adjective, noun
anticonservatively, adverb
anticonservativeness, noun
half-conservative, adjective
half-conservatively, adverb
hyperconservative, adjective, noun
hyperconservatively, adverb
hyperconservativeness, noun
nonconservative, adjective, noun
overconservative, adjective
overconservatively, adverb
overconservativeness, noun
pseudoconservative, adjective
pseudoconservatively, adverb
quasi-conservative, adjective
quasi-conservatively, adverb
semiconservative, adjective
semiconservatively, adverb
superconservative, adjective
superconservatively, adverb
superconservativeness, noun
unconservative, adjective
unconservatively, adverb
unconservativeness, noun Unabridged
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conservative (kənˈsɜːvətɪv)
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
adj, —n
9.  a less common word for preservative

Conservative (kənˈsɜːvətɪv)
1.  of, supporting, or relating to a Conservative Party
2.  of, relating to, or characterizing Conservative Judaism
3.  a supporter or member of a Conservative Party

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Word Origin & History

as a modern political tradition, conservatism traces to Edmund Burke's opposition to the Fr. Revolution (1790), but the word conservative is not found in his writing. It was coined by his Fr. disciples, (e.g. Chateaubriand, who titled his journal defending clerical and political restoration "Le Conservateur").
Conservative as the name of a British political faction it first appeared in an 1830 issue of the "Quarterly Review," in an unsigned article sometimes attributed to John Wilson Croker. It replaced Tory (q.v.) by 1843, reflecting both a change from the pejorative name (in use for 150 years) and repudiation of some reactionary policies. Extended to similar spirits in other parties from 1845.
"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.
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Medical Dictionary

conservative con·ser·va·tive (kən-sûr'və-tĭv)
Of or relating to treatment by gradual, limited, or well-established procedures; not radical.

con·ser'va·tive·ly adv.
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Cultural Dictionary

conservative definition

A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with conservatism.

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Example sentences for Conservative
In the parodies, his vice president is fellow conservative pundit ann coulter.
The bill was defeated and lord derby formed a minority conservative
The main opposition party, the conservative party, are opposed to membership.
Several conservative mps voted against the major government and the vote was
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