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Plenty of conservative commentators have said he should step down from his leadership position.
A hundred ultra-wealthy liberal and conservative donors have taken over the political system.
Every time a conservative pol gets caught in a racial mess, we hear the same weary and laughable tune.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The disbelief was evident in article after article, with one conservative site using “President Pinocchio” in its headline.
By Ana Marie Cox Just in time for Christmas, Glenn Beck goes for hipster-chic as a conservative fashion statement.Seven Must-Read Stories About North Korea, Police Deaths and Glenn Beck|The Daily Beast|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In conservative Cyprus there was not that break with the past which occurred in other portions of the Greek world.
The truth is that Paine was too conservative to suit the leaders of the French Revolution.An Oration On The Life And Services Of Thomas Paine|Robert G. Ingersoll
Its just this sort of thing that makes a man a Conservative.Chains|Elizabeth Baker
Are the conservative forces in our nation sufficient to insure its perpetuity?Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index|Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
The combined efforts of conservative men stayed summary action.Dixie After the War|Myrta Lockett Avary
British Dictionary definitions for conservative (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for conservative (2 of 2)
adjective (in Britain, Canada, and elsewhere)
Word Origin and History for conservative
late 14c., conservatyf, from Middle French conservatif, from Late Latin conservativus, from Latin conservatus, past participle of conservare (see conserve).
As a modern political tradition, conservatism traces to Edmund Burke's opposition to the French Revolution (1790), but the word conservative is not found in his writing. It was coined by his French disciples, (e.g. Chateaubriand, who titled his journal defending clerical and political restoration "Le Conservateur").
Conservative as the name of a British political faction first appeared in an 1830 issue of the "Quarterly Review," in an unsigned article sometimes attributed to John Wilson Croker. It replaced Tory (q.v.) by 1843, reflecting both a change from the pejorative name (in use for 150 years) and repudiation of some reactionary policies. Extended to similar spirits in other parties from 1845.
Strictly speaking, conservatism is not a political system, but rather a way of looking at the civil order. The conservative of Peru ... will differ greatly from those of Australia, for though they may share a preference for things established, the institutions and customs which they desire to preserve are not identical. [Russell Kirk (1918-1994)]
Phrases such as a conservative estimate make no sense etymologically. The noun is attested from 1831, originally in the British political sense.
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A descriptive term for persons, policies, and beliefs associated with conservatism.