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conservatism

[kuh n-sur-vuh-tiz-uh m] /kənˈsɜr vəˌtɪz əm/
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 of conservatism
1825-1835
1825-35; conservat(ive) + -ism
Related forms
anticonservatism, noun
hyperconservatism, noun
overconservatism, noun
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Examples from the Web for conservatism
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  • The outbreak of the French Revolution intensified his conservatism.

    Historical Essays James Ford Rhodes
  • The conservatism of to-morrow injected into the affairs of to-day.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
  • conservatism was out of favour just then, and the Liberals were in power.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Evidently, in the absence of any compulsory adherence to settled articles, there was an abundant tendency to conservatism.

    Practical Essays Alexander Bain
British Dictionary definitions for conservatism

conservatism

/kənˈsɜːvəˌtɪzəm/
noun
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/
noun (in Britain, Canada, etc)
1.
the form of conservatism advocated by the Conservative Party
2.
the policies, doctrines, or practices of the Conservative Party
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Word Origin and History for conservatism
n.

1835, in reference to the Conservative party in British politics; from conservative + -ism. From 1840 in reference to conservative principles generally.

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conservatism in Culture

conservatism definition


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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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