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compassionate conservative

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noun
a political conservative who is motivated by concern for disadvantaged people but supports policies based on personal responsibility and limited government: George W. Bush ran for president as a compassionate conservative.
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Origin of compassionate conservative

First recorded in 1980–85

OTHER WORDS FROM compassionate conservative

compassionate conservatism, noun
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