[kuh n-sur-vuh-tiz-uh m]
- the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
- the principles and practices of political conservatives.
Origin of conservatism
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- opposition to change and innovation
- a political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change
- the form of conservatism advocated by the Conservative Party
- the policies, doctrines, or practices of the Conservative Party
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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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