Adjective "conservative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Averse to change or innovation and holding traditional values.
  1. 'This contrasts with a stronger assertion of identity and values among conservative church bodies.'
  2. 'Here again there is a fine balance to be struck between the use of doctrine to enforce innovation and its more conservative function as the bearer of professional values and institutional memories.'
  3. 'What are referred to as the Christian right in the USA are mainly people with very conservative values about issues such as homosexuality and abortion.'
  4. 'An orchestrated return to traditional family values has pressured conservative men to explicitly re-valorize women who accept traditional roles.'
  5. 'Kenyan homes are traditionally conservative and strictly patriarchal.'
  6. 'His parents weren't party-political, but he was certainly brought up with traditionally conservative values.'
  7. 'Betty may only be a character, but she's part of a much larger trend toward conservative values and traditional female roles.'
  8. 'If the deceased fisherman has relatives and belongs to a conservative religious tradition, his ambiguous death is more likely to be judged an accident than if he is single and secular.'
  9. 'There he embarked on a covert anti-devolution campaign and many respected journalists left as he imposed his middle-market editorial content and conservative values on the paper.'
  10. 'Will it mean that the tide of traditional patriarchal values, of conservative religiosity, will become irreversible?'
  11. 'a conservative suit'
  12. 'The traditional range is still being sold, particularly into America where tastes are more conservative.'
  13. 'It was a kind of sweet and sour sauce, possibly of lemon and mustard, that just didn't hit it off with my conservative taste buds.'
  14. 'Otherwise, he has dressed in a conservative gray suit, with a crisp white shirt and perfectly creased trousers.'
  15. 'The best advice I was always given by peers was to dress in a conservative suit with modest accessories at the interview.'
  16. 'Not only are the quantities of meat large, but the fact that there are people who want to eat dried rat bat, or even monkey meat comes as a surprise to those of us whose tastes are more conservative.'
  17. 'Not wanting to bowl him over completely on their first date, she'd donned a fairly conservative dress of navy blue, with white trim and buttons.'
  18. 'The real viewers are likely to be over 50, married and of broadly conservative tastes.'
  19. 'The many suits and ties and other conservative dress worn by the crowd yesterday reflected the upscale membership of much of the organisation.'
  20. 'For women, the look is conservative - ladylike suits, sophisticated pantsuits, subtle dark dresses.'
  21. 'The hectic design would hardly have conformed with Philip's conservative taste.'
(in a political context) favouring free enterprise, private ownership, and socially conservative ideas.
  1. 'None of these people could remotely be described as liberals, meaning that the Republican Party and conservative America is itself split on the question.'
  2. 'A return to the traditional conservative values of non-intervention and prudence is called for.'
  3. 'My idea of a conservative is somebody who thinks taxes are too high.'
  4. 'Such developments would presumably be envied by genuine libertarians in socially conservative countries - even if their taxes are lower.'
  5. 'The resulting paradox - a transgressive aesthetic supporting a conservative social and political status quo - would endure until the end of the Old Regime.'
  6. 'However, there is a tendency for European electorates to move to the right or left in a manner that may not be co-ordinated, but does produce clusters of conservative or Socialist governments at any one time.'
  7. 'In this context, conservative governments sought to transform social security into an insurance-based system.'
  8. 'The Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are contesting every seat.'
  9. 'Vendettas and character assassination have wrecked the last three Conservative leaderships.'
  10. 'If Labour wins its expected second landslide it will mark the end of a century of Conservative hegemony.'
  11. 'An important factor in this was the experience of eighteen years of Conservative government.'
  12. 'The Conservative governments bypassed local authorities in many policy fields.'
  13. 'The suggestion has not, however, been welcomed by Conservative headquarters.'
  14. 'In the county elections, there was one Conservative gain, which gives them an overall majority of three.'
  15. 'The Labour Government rigidly stuck to Conservative spending targets in its first two years of office.'
  16. 'The blame lies fairly and squarely at the door of this Conservative council.'
  17. 'The three MPs said it is official Conservative policy to increase the size of the Army and it would keep the regiment.'
(of an estimate) purposely low for the sake of caution.
  1. 'He said it was not possible to say how long the pressure would have lasted: ‘A conservative estimate would be about a minute, maybe two.’'
  2. 'However, this is a conservative estimate that suggests at most just one in eight of all non-resident accounts opened over the period in question were bogus.'
  3. 'However, with conservative estimates putting the figure at almost £40 million, cabinet approval will be required.'
  4. 'One conservative estimate put the number of protesters at more than six million people, making it largest ever simultaneous demonstration since the Vietnam War.'
  5. 'A conservative estimate would surely be closer to 60,000.'
  6. 'A conservative estimate suggested that mistaken identification contributed to the wrongful conviction of more than 300 people a year in England and Wales.'
  7. 'Despite the fact that a conservative estimate for the overall cost of the project is in the region of 40 million both men believe now is the time to make such an investment.'
  8. 'Forty years is a ridiculously conservative estimate, as can now be demonstrated, and it turns out that microfiche's shelf-life is limited too, far more than paper.'
  9. 'It appears this may have been a conservative estimate.'
  10. 'Those sorts of considerations are why I said $440 billion was a conservative estimate, which is admittedly a bit crazy just to say, but there it is.'
(of surgery or medical treatment) intended to control rather than eliminate a condition, with existing tissue preserved as far as possible.
  1. 'Initial treatment of both conditions is conservative, but when conservative treatment fails, the surgical approach to the two problems differs markedly.'
  2. 'Fortunately, conservative treatments such as ice, rest and physical therapy can often relieve symptoms.'
  3. 'The trial randomized 1,033 patients in 27 countries to early surgery or conservative treatment.'
  4. 'Mild symptoms may be helped by conservative treatments such as pain relievers, physical therapy or a supportive brace.'
  5. 'Early surgery also avoids complications when conservative treatment fails.'
  6. 'Surgical referral may be indicated after conservative treatment has failed, although the exact timing of surgery should be decided on an individual basis.'
  7. 'Mammography, bilateral in patients who had had conservative surgery, was scheduled once a year.'
  8. 'The surgical alternatives to medical treatment range from minor conservative procedures to hysterectomy.'
  9. 'If conservative treatment fails, surgery to excise any bone spurs and debridement of the retrocalcaneal bursa may be helpful.'
  10. 'Surgeons are traditionalists, and the early experience of our peers has coloured current surgical opinion and slowed the introduction of conservative surgery for the benign parotid lump.'


A person who is averse to change and holds traditional values.
  1. 'This is not to say that any one group of conservatives are strictly to blame.'
  2. 'When divorce came along, the same conservatives argued it would mean an end to the institution.'
  3. 'Once Africa was no longer a site of superpower competition, conservatives largely lost interest as well.'
  4. 'The suggestion was immediately set upon by conservatives who argued it was all exaggerated.'
  5. 'They saw fascists as more patriotic and determined than traditional conservatives.'
  6. 'In liberal mythology it's conservatives and reactionaries who take the simplistic view.'
  7. 'There are a lot of conservatives who have held their tongue for the better part of two years.'
  8. 'That line seems to be working pretty well now among some of my fellow conservatives.'
  9. 'She proceeded to lay out her views on a range of issues that rub conservatives raw.'
  10. 'Many conservatives expect a Supreme Court justice whose opinions they can predict.'
A supporter or member of the Conservative Party of Great Britain or a similar party elsewhere.
  1. 'Unlike the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives we do not make promises we cannot keep.'
  2. 'Throughout that period the Conservatives remained a minority party in the Commons.'
  3. 'Next year the chair will be a Liberal Democrat and the Conservatives will take the deputy chair.'
  4. 'I'd never vote for the Conservatives unless they became a radically different party.'
  5. 'Around them stand officials and party workers from the Conservatives and Lib Dems.'
  6. 'The letter was also signed by a handful who revealed they had in the past supported the Conservatives.'
  7. 'The polls refuse to shift and the Conservatives are seen as a single-issue party.'
  8. 'The Liberals and the Conservatives have made the same sort of cuts when they have been in charge.'
  9. 'Nor is it right for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to connive with that purpose.'


1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.

2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.

3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.

4. (often initial capital letter) of or relating to the Conservative party.

5. (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.

6. having the power o

More examples(as adjective)

"courts can be conservative over years."

"views can be conservative for districts."

"producers can be conservative in plans."

"people can be conservative in ways."

"people can be conservative in runnings."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘aiming to preserve’): from late Latin conservativus, from conservat- ‘conserved’, from the verb conservare (see conserve). Current senses date from the mid 19th century.


conservative with a small ‘c’