from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order.
- n. A political philosophy or attitude emphasizing respect for traditional institutions, distrust of government activism, and opposition to sudden change in the established order.
- n. The principles and policies of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or of the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada.
- n. Caution or moderation, as in behavior or outlook.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A political philosophy that advocates traditional values.
- n. A risk-averse attitude or approach.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The disposition and tendency to preserve what is established; opposition to change; the habit of mind; or conduct, of a conservative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The disposition to maintain and adhere to the established order of things; opposition to innovation and change: as, the conservatism of the clergy.
- n. The political principles and opinions maintained by Conservatives. See conservative, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
From Latin conservare ("to conserve; to keep, guard, observe"). (Wiktionary)