conservatism

[kuhn-sur-vuh-tiz-uhm]
noun
1.
the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
2.
the principles and practices of political conservatives.

Origin:
1825–35; conservat(ive) + -ism

anticonservatism, noun
hyperconservatism, noun
overconservatism, noun
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conservatism (kənˈsɜːvəˌtɪzəm)
 
n
1.  opposition to change and innovation
2.  a political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change

Conservatism (kənˈsɜːvəˌtɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the form of conservatism advocated by the Conservative Party
2.  the policies, doctrines, or practices of the Conservative Party

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conservatism
1835, in reference to the Conservative party in British politics; from conservative. From 1840 in ref. to conservative principles generally.
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conservatism definition


A general preference for the existing order of society, and an opposition to efforts to bring about sharp change. (Compare liberalism.)

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Example sentences for conservatism
Conservatism thus rejects patrilineal descent, which is accepted by the reform movement.
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