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.
- compassionate conservatism, noun
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How to use compassionate conservative in a sentence
Goldberg made sure to clarify right off the bat that he is not a “compassionate conservative.”
It's tough out there these days for "compassionate conservative" Republicans.
No one would brand him a compassionate conservative, the term that Bush coined in his first race for the White House.
A Bush-style compassionate conservative, circa 2008, would be laughed out of the race.
This was the warmup for the original compassionate conservative—the one who campaigned as a different kind of Republican.