[kuh n-sur-vuh-tiv]



Nearby words

  1. conservation of mass,
  2. conservation of momentum,
  3. conservation of parity,
  4. conservationist,
  5. conservatism,
  6. conservative baptist,
  7. conservative jew,
  8. conservative judaism,
  9. conservative party,
  10. conservatize

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 unconservative



favouring the preservation of established customs, values, etc, and opposing innovation
of, characteristic of, or relating to conservatism
tending to be moderate or cautiousa conservative estimate
conventional in style or typea conservative suit
med (of treatment) designed to alleviate symptomsCompare radical (def. 4)
physics a field of force, system, etc, in which the work done moving a body from one point to another is independent of the path taken between themelectrostatic fields of force are conservative


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


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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Word Origin and History for unconservative


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Medicine definitions for unconservative




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 unconservative


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

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