- 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
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
We have always been conscientiously attached to
what is called the Tory, and which might with more propriety be
called the Conservative, party.
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.
Quart. Rev. (1830).
Con*serv"a*tive (?), n.
1. One who, or that which, preserves from
ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a
The Holy Spirit is the great conservative
of the new life.
2. One who desires to maintain existing
institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions
in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or
3. (Eng. Hist.) A member of the
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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