Meaning of CONSERVATIVE in English


I. kən-ˈsər-və-tiv adjective

Date: 14th century

1. : preservative


a. : of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism

b. capitalized : of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as

(1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions

(2) : Progressive Conservative


a. : tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional

b. : marked by moderation or caution

a conservative estimate

c. : marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners

a conservative suit

4. : of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism

• con·ser·va·tive·ly adverb

• con·ser·va·tive·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1831


a. : an adherent or advocate of political conservatism

b. capitalized : a member or supporter of a conservative political party


a. : one who adheres to traditional methods or views

b. : a cautious or discreet person

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.