compassionate conservative


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.

Nearby words

  1. compass window,
  2. compassion,
  3. compassion club,
  4. compassion fatigue,
  5. compassionate,
  6. compassionately,
  7. compaternity,
  8. compathy,
  9. compatible,
  10. compatriot

Origin of compassionate conservative

First recorded in 1980–85

Related formscompassionate conservatism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019