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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
conservative (adjective)
1.
- preservative
2.
a) of or relating to a philosophy of - conservatism
b) capitalized of or a political party professing the principles of conservatism as - constituting
(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
4.
of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism
conservative (noun)
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
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
conservative (adjective)
1.
tending to favor established ideas, conditions, or institutions
SYNONIMS:
archconservative, brassbound, button-down ( buttoned-down), die-hard, hidebound, mossbacked, old-fashioned, old-line, old-school, orthodox, paleoconservative, reactionary, standpat, traditional, traditionalistic, ultraconservative, unprogressive
RELATED WORDS:
conventional, square; devoted, faithful, loyal, staunch ( stanch), steadfast, steady, true, true-blue; blimpish, neoconservative, Tory, ultraright, ultrarightist; dowdy, fogyish ( fogeyish), fuddy-duddy, ossified, set, stodgy; right, right-wing; antiliberal, antimodern, antiprogressive, antireform, antirevolutionary
NEAR ANTONYMS:
anticonventional, antiestablishment, antitraditional, extremist, radical, revolutionary; nonconformist; advanced, contemporary, modern; lefty, radical, ultraleft, ultraleftist, ultraprogressive, ultraradical
broad-minded, large-minded, liberal, nonconservative, nonconventional, nonorthodox, nontraditional, open-minded, progressive, unconventional, unorthodox
conservative (adjective)
2.
not excessively showy
SYNONIMS:
conservative, low-key ( low-keyed), muted, repressed, restrained, sober, subdued, toned-down, understated, unflashy, unpretentious
RELATED WORDS:
appropriate, becoming, fit, fitting, proper, suitable; modest, plain, simple, unadorned, undecorated; inconspicuous, unnoticeable, unobtrusive; graceful, handsome, refined, tasteful; drab, mousy ( mousey); practical, sensible
NEAR ANTONYMS:
meretricious; graceless, inelegant, tacky, tasteless, tawdry, trashy, vulgar; baroque, fancy, frilly, gilded ( gilt), ornate, rococo; overdecorated, overdone, overwrought
flamboyant, flaring, flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, loud, noisy, ostentatious, razzle-dazzle, splashy, swank ( swanky)
conservative (adjective)
3.
having or showing a close attentiveness to avoiding danger or trouble
SYNONIMS:
alert, cautious, chary, circumspect, conservative, considerate, gingerly, guarded, heedful, safe, wary
RELATED WORDS:
advertent, attentive, awake, observant, regardful, vigilant, watchful; hypercautious; foresighted, foresightful, forethoughtful, provident, thoughtful; cagey ( cagy), calculating, canny, shrewd; deliberate, slow; ultracareful, ultracautious
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bold, brash, impetuous, rash, reckless, venturesome; asleep, inattentive, regardless; inconsiderate, thoughtless; lax, neglectful, negligent, remiss; imprudent, indiscreet, injudicious; absentminded, forgetful; inadvertent, unintentional, unplanned
careless, heedless, incautious, unguarded, unmindful, unsafe, unwary
conservative (noun)
a person whose political beliefs are centered on tradition and keeping things the way they are
SYNONIMS:
archconservative, paleoconservative, reactionary, rightist, right-winger, Tory, traditionalist
RELATED WORDS:
right, right-wing; conformist; neocon, neoconservative; diehard, standpatter; bourbon, Colonel Blimp, fuddy-duddy, square, stuffed shirt
NEAR ANTONYMS:
extremist, radical, red, revolutionary, revolutionist; reformer, reformist
leftist, left-winger, lefty, liberal, progressive
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