Meaning of CONSERVATIVE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kənsɜ:(r)vətɪv ]

( conservatives)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

Note: The spelling 'Conservative' is also used for meaning 1.


A Conservative politician or voter is a member of or votes for the Conservative Party in Britain.

Most Conservative MPs appear happy with the government’s reassurances.

...disenchanted Conservative voters.

= Tory


Conservative is also a noun.

In 1951 the Conservatives were returned to power.



Someone who is conservative has right-wing views.

...counties whose citizens invariably support the most conservative candidate in any election.

= right-wing


Conservative is also a noun.

The new judge is 50-year-old David Suitor who’s regarded as a conservative.



Someone who is conservative or has conservative ideas is unwilling to accept changes and new ideas.

It is essentially a narrow and conservative approach to child care.



If someone dresses in a conservative way, their clothes are conventional in style.

The girl was well dressed, as usual, though in a more conservative style.


• con‧ser‧va‧tive‧ly

She was always very conservatively dressed when we went out.

ADV : ADV with v


A conservative estimate or guess is one in which you are cautious and estimate or guess a low amount which is probably less that the real amount.

A conservative estimate of the bill, so far, is about £22,000...

This guess is probably on the conservative side.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• con‧ser‧va‧tive‧ly

The bequest is conservatively estimated at £30 million.

ADV : ADV with v

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