Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
  • adjective Traditional or restrained in style.
  • adjective Moderate; cautious.
  • adjective Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism.
  • adjective Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.
  • adjective Of, designating, or characteristic of a political party founded on or associated with principles of social and political conservatism, especially in the United Kingdom or Canada.
  • adjective Of or adhering to Conservative Judaism.
  • adjective Tending to conserve; preservative.
  • noun One favoring traditional views and values.
  • noun A supporter of political conservatism.
  • noun A member or supporter of a Conservative political party.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preservative; having power or tendency to preserve in a safe or entire state; protecting from loss, waste, or injury: said of things.
  • Disposed to retain and maintain what is established, as institutions, customs, and the like; opposed to innovation and change; in an extreme and unfavorable sense, opposed to progress: said of persons or their characteristics.
  • Specifically In politics: Antagonistic to change in the institutions of the country, civil or ecclesiastical; especially, opposed to change in the direction of democracy.
  • Hence- [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the Conservatives or their principles. See II., 3.
  • noun One who aims, or that which tends, to preserve from injury, decay, or loss; a preserver or preservative.
  • noun One who is opposed by nature or on principle to innovation and change; in an unfavorable sense, one who from prejudice or lack of foresight is opposed to true progress.
  • noun [capitalized] In Great Britain, a Tory: a name first adopted by the Tory party about the time of the passing of the first Reform Bill (1832).
  • noun In U. s, history, one of the group of Democrats who, during Van Buren's administration, voted with the Whigs against the Independent Treasury Bill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.
  • noun One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.
  • noun (Eng. Hist.) A member of the Conservative party.
  • adjective Having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.
  • adjective Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation.
  • adjective 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.
  • adjective (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status.
  • noun US, economics A fiscal conservative
  • noun US, politics A political conservative
  • noun US, social sciences A social conservative.
  • adjective Tending to resist change.
  • adjective Based on pessimistic assumptions.
  • adjective US, economics, politics, social sciences Supporting some combination of fiscal, political or social conservatism.
  • adjective US, politics Relating to the Republican Party, regardless of its conservatism.
  • adjective UK, politics Relating to the Conservative Party.
  • adjective physics (no comparative or superlative) Neither creating nor destroying a given quantity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
  • adjective avoiding excess
  • adjective unimaginatively conventional
  • noun a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
  • adjective having social or political views favoring conservatism
  • noun a member of a Conservative Party
  • adjective resistant to change

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

con- +‎ servare, From Latin to guard or protect

Examples

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  • "Mortati, many believed, could have been Pope in his younger days had he not been so broad-minded. When it came to pursuing the papacy, there was a Holy Trinity - Conservative. Conservative. Conservative."

    - 'Angels And Demons', Dan Brown.

    February 26, 2008

  • Pretty good quote here. (Not political.)

    August 12, 2009