Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make conservative or more conservative: "He has prepared himself by . . . conservatizing his politics” ( Peter Goldman).

Etymologies

conservat(ive) + -ize.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • For you women who thinks Mr. Obama is sexist and will vote for McCain, just remember, Mr. McCain will take away your right to chose and conservatize the Supreme Court and that would not be in your favor.

    Clinton fights on, Obama returns to Iowa

  • After the primaries, the winner will doubtless feel pressure to “conservatize” his proposal to attract support from centrist Democrats and Republicans.

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  • Jill ... great plan for helping to re-conservatize the Republican party!!

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  • Renewal groups and their neoconservative ally, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, have long sought to conservatize or split mainline American churches-frequently over gender or sexuality issues-and liberal scholars have traced many of the mainline schisms that have dominated headlines over the past several years to groundwork laid by the IRD and others.

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  • He also said Democrats will take the sidelining of Scozzafava as a positive trend for the long-term, believing that the Republican Party will conservatize itself to death demographically.

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  • Republicans on the Right have worked rather successfully over the past five years to “conservatize” the courts, spy on us, dilute workers’, women’s, gays’, and minorities’ rights, deregulate every industry, break the back of pension and healthcare coverage for employees, control the media, and bankrupt the treasury.

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