a political conservative who is motivated by concern for the needy but supports policies based on personal responsibility and limited government: George W. Bush ran for president as a compassionate conservative.
Words nearby compassionate conservative
Origin of compassionate conservative
First recorded in 1980–85
OTHER WORDS FROM compassionate conservativecompassionate conservatism, noun
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