- 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 relating to the Conservative party.
- (initial capital letter) of, relating 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.
Origin of conservative
Examples from the Web for conservatively
During those three years, we conservatively project that more than 50,000 women and children will be positively impacted.Mayor Bloomberg: No Woman Should Die Giving Birth
Michael R. Bloomberg
October 5, 2012
He is surrounded by attorneys all dressed in their conservatively tailored uniforms.Cate Edwards’s Courtroom Style Strategy
May 2, 2012
And these programs have been conservatively documented to save billions.The Real Fight Over Health Care Should Be Against Diabetes and Obesity
Mark Hyman, MD
March 23, 2012
Shaheen seemed a very ordinary, conservatively dressed, polite young chap.How Susan Boyle's Rival Won Me Over
April 22, 2009
It is progressively conservative—or conservatively progressive.Chapters in Rural Progress
Kenyon L. Butterfield
"So I have been informed," Mr. Hicks replied, conservatively.The Dude Wrangler
The citations in the text have been conservatively modernised.Sir William Wallace
A. F. Murison
"I believe that's the idea," said the Cap'n, conservatively.The Skipper and the Skipped
The change you desire you work for conservatively, if at all.The Business of Being a Woman
Ida M. Tarbell
- favouring the preservation of established customs, values, etc, and opposing innovation
- of, characteristic of, or relating to conservatism
- tending to be moderate or cautiousa conservative estimate
- conventional in style or typea conservative suit
- med (of treatment) designed to alleviate symptomsCompare radical (def. 4)
- 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 themelectrostatic fields of force are conservative
- a person who is reluctant to change or consider new ideas; conformist
- a supporter or advocate of conservatism
- a less common word for preservative
- of, supporting, or relating to a Conservative Party
- of, relating to, or characterizing Conservative Judaism
- a supporter or member of a Conservative Party
Word Origin and History for conservatively
late 14c., conservatyf, from Middle French conservatif, from Late Latin conservativus, from Latin conservatus, past participle of conservare (see conserve).
As a modern political tradition, conservatism traces to Edmund Burke's opposition to the French Revolution (1790), but the word conservative is not found in his writing. It was coined by his French disciples, (e.g. Chateaubriand, who titled his journal defending clerical and political restoration "Le Conservateur").
Conservative as the name of a British political faction 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. The noun is attested from 1831, originally in the British political sense.
- 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.