Meaning of CONSERVATIVE in English


I. adjective


tending to resist or oppose change

took a very conservative stance politically

Synonyms: die-hard, fogyish, old-line, orthodox, reactionary, right, tory, traditionalistic

Contrasted words: modern, progressive, radical

Antonyms: advanced


kept or keeping within bounds

equally conservative in speech and action

Synonyms: controlled, discreet, moderate, reasonable, restrained, temperate, unexcessive, unextreme

Related Word: cautious, chary, wary; circumspect, politic, proper, prudent

Contrasted words: expansive, unconstrained; excessive, freewheeling, uncontrolled, unrestrained

II. noun

Synonyms: diehard 1, bitter-ender, fundamentalist, old liner, right, rightist, right-winger, standpat, standpatter, tory

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