1Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
- The rapid rise of the green movement is an example of this, because it appeals to traditional conservative values.
- Lewis was an old-fashioned Christian, and those who consider the church to be too interested in modernising see him as a hero of religious orthodoxy and conservative values.
- His parents weren't party-political, but he was certainly brought up with traditionally conservative values.
1.1(Of dress or taste) sober and conventional: a conservative suit
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- The many suits and ties and other conservative dress worn by the crowd yesterday reflected the upscale membership of much of the organisation.
- The best advice I was always given by peers was to dress in a conservative suit with modest accessories at the interview.
- Not only are the quantities of meat large, but the fact that there are people who want to eat dried rat bat, or even monkey meat comes as a surprise to those of us whose tastes are more conservative.
1.2(Of an estimate) purposely low for the sake of caution: the film was not cheap—$30,000 is a conservative estimate
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- The number of women trafficked for this purpose is unknown, although conservative estimates put the number in the millions.
- The combat capability of such a servicemen could be compared, even by conservative estimates, to that of a modern section or even platoon.
- Those sorts of considerations are why I said $440 billion was a conservative estimate, which is admittedly a bit crazy just to say, but there it is.
1.3(Of surgery or medical treatment) intended to control rather than eliminate a condition, with existing tissue preserved as far as possible.
- The trial randomized 1,033 patients in 27 countries to early surgery or conservative treatment.
- If conservative treatment fails, surgery to excise any bone spurs and debridement of the retrocalcaneal bursa may be helpful.
- For patients who do not respond to conservative treatment, surgery should be considered.
1.4 (Conservative) Relating to the Conservative Party of Great Britain or a similar party in another country.
- The Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are contesting every seat.
- An important factor in this was the experience of eighteen years of Conservative government.
- At the same time we had just emerged from a long period of Conservative government.
1A person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics.
- They saw fascists as more patriotic and determined than traditional conservatives.
- So the claim that there are conservatives who believe in some sort of absolute liberty is a total straw man.
- The antagonism between conservatives and progressives in Korea has a long history.
1.1 (Conservative) A supporter or member of the Conservative Party of Great Britain or a similar party in another country.
- Around them stand officials and party workers from the Conservatives and Lib Dems.
- The Scottish National Party and Conservatives are expected to oppose the building.
- There has never been a coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
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- Because the desire to combine conflicting data is strong in real studies, the conservativeness of the present test is unlikely to be a major concern for some.
- And similarly, if the central bank is fully under the spell of government, the conservativeness of the central bank does not matter.
- Physicists generally maintain a healthy skepticism about whatever they hear and are much less susceptible to dogmatic conservativeness than one might think.
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