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  • A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status.
  • (UK) A member of the Conservative party.
  • (US) A fiscal conservative
  • (US) A political conservative
  • (US) A social conservative.
  • (US) One who favors the Republican party, regardless of its conservatism in other senses.
  • Tending to resist change.
          The curriculum committee at this university is extremely conservative.
  • Based on pessimistic assumptions.
          At a conservative estimate, growth may even be negative next year.
  • (US) Supporting some combination of fiscal, political or social conservatism.
  • (US) Relating to the Republican party, regardless of its conservatism.
  • (UK) Relating to the Conservative party.
  • (physics) (not comparable) Neither creating nor destroying a given quantity.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as
distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Con*serv"a*tive (?), a. [Cf. F. conservatif.] 1. Having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.

2. Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation.

3. Of or pertaining to a political party which favors the conservation of existing institutions and forms of government, as the Conservative party in England; -- contradistinguished from Liberal and Radical.

We have always been conscientiously attached to what is called the Tory, and which might with more propriety be called the Conservative, party.
Quart. Rev. (1830).

Conservative system(Mech.), a material system of such a nature that after the system has undergone any series of changes, and been brought back in any manner to its original state, the whole work done by external agents on the system is equal to the whole work done by the system overcoming external forces.Clerk Maxwell.

Con*serv"a*tive (?), n. 1. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.

The Holy Spirit is the great conservative of the new life.
Jer. Taylor.

2. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.

3. (Eng. Hist.) A member of the Conservative party.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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