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conservative

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

conservative

/ (kənˈsɜːvətɪv) /

adjective

noun

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 Formsconservatively, adverbconservativeness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for conservative (2 of 2)

Conservative

/ (kənˈsɜːvətɪv) /

adjective (in Britain, Canada, and elsewhere)

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

noun

a supporter or member of a Conservative Party
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Word Origin and History for conservative

conservative


adj.
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Medicine definitions for conservative

conservative

[ kən-sûrvə-tĭv ]

adj.

Of or relating to treatment by gradual, limited, or well-established procedures; not radical.
Related formscon•serva•tive•ly adv.
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Culture definitions for conservative

conservative


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

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