conservative
I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. preservative 2. a. of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism b. capitalized of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as (1) of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions (2) Progressive Conservative 3. a. tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions ; traditional b. marked by moderation or caution <
a conservative estimate
>
c. marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners <
a conservative suit
>
4. of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism • conservatively adverbconservativeness noun II. noun Date: 1831 1. a. an adherent or advocate of political conservatism b. capitalized a member or supporter of a conservative political party 2. a. one who adheres to traditional methods or views b. a cautious or discreet person

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