Meaning of CONSERVATIVE in English


— conservatively , adv. — conservativeness , n.

/keuhn serr"veuh tiv/ , adj.

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 cap. ) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.

5. ( cap. ) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.

6. having the power or tendency to conserve; preservative.

7. Math. (of a vector or vector function) having curl equal to zero; irrotational; lamellar.


8. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.

9. a supporter of conservative political policies.

10. ( cap. ) a member of a conservative political party, esp. the Conservative party in Great Britain.

11. a preservative.

[ 1350-1400; conservativus, equiv. to L conservat ( us ) (see CONSERVATION) + -ivus -IVE; r. ME conservatif MF ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .