[ kuh n-sur-vuh-tiv ]
/ kənˈsɜr və tɪv /



Origin of conservative

1350–1400; < Late Latin conservātīvus, equivalent to Latin conservāt(us) (see conservation) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English conservatif < Middle French < Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for conservative (1 of 2)

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a person who is reluctant to change or consider new ideas; conformist
a supporter or advocate of conservatism

adjective, noun

a less common word for preservative

Derived forms of conservative

conservatively, adverbconservativeness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for conservative (2 of 2)

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adjective (in Britain, Canada, and elsewhere)

of, supporting, or relating to a Conservative Party
of, relating to, or characterizing Conservative Judaism


a supporter or member of a Conservative Party
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Medical definitions for conservative

[ kən-sûrvə-tĭv ]


Of or relating to treatment by gradual, limited, or well-established procedures; not radical.

Other words from conservative

con•serva•tive•ly adv.
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Cultural definitions for conservative


A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with conservatism.

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