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CONSERVATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conservative mean? 

CONSERVATIVE (noun)
  The noun CONSERVATIVE has 1 sense:

1. a person who has conservative ideas or opinions

  Familiarity information: CONSERVATIVE used as a noun is very rare.


CONSERVATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective CONSERVATIVE has 5 senses:

1. resistant to change
2. opposed to liberal reforms
3. avoiding excess
4. unimaginatively conventional
5. conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class

  Familiarity information: CONSERVATIVE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSERVATIVE (noun)


Sense 1conservative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who has conservative ideas or opinions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

conservative; conservativist

Hypernyms ("conservative" is a kind of...):

adult; grownup (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conservative"):

capitalist (a conservative advocate of capitalism)

square; square toes (a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views)

right-winger; rightist (a member of a right wing political party)

extreme right-winger; reactionary; ultraconservative (an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism)

neocon; neoconservative (a conservative who subscribes to neoconservatism)

mossback (an extremely old-fashioned conservative)

minimalist (a conservative who advocates only minor reforms in government or politics)

hardliner (a conservative who is uncompromising)

conformist (someone who conforms to established standards of conduct (especially in religious matters))

diehard; traditionalist (one who adheres to traditional views)

Antonym:

liberal (a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties)


CONSERVATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1conservative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resistant to change

Similar:

ultraconservative (extremely conservative)

hidebound; traditionalist (stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded)

fusty; nonprogressive; standpat; unprogressive (old-fashioned and out of date)

buttoned-up (conservative in professional manner)

blimpish (pompously ultraconservative and nationalistic)

Also:

orthodox (adhering to what is commonly accepted)

right (of or belonging to the political or intellectual right)

Attribute:

ideology; political orientation; political theory (an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation)

Antonym:

liberal (tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition)


Sense 2conservative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Opposed to liberal reforms

Similar:

right (of or belonging to the political or intellectual right)


Sense 3conservative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Avoiding excess

Synonyms:

cautious; conservative

Context example:

a conservative estimate

Similar:

moderate (being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme)


Sense 4conservative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unimaginatively conventional

Synonyms:

buttoned-down; button-down; conservative

Context example:

a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business

Similar:

conventional (unimaginative and conformist)


Sense 5conservative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class

Synonyms:

bourgeois; materialistic; conservative

Context example:

a bourgeois mentality

Similar:

middle-class (occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy)


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