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conservative

adjective  /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv/ us  

conservative adjective (SOCIAL)

tending to emphasize the importance of preserving traditional cultural and religious values, and to oppose change, esp. sudden change If you are conservative in your appearance, you wear clothes in traditional colors and styles: He wore a conservative business suit for his interview.
conservatively
adverb  /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv·li/ us  
She was conservatively dressed in a gray suit.

conservative adjective (POLITICAL)

politics & government tending to emphasize the importance of personal responsibility and traditional values and to oppose depending on government for social services: conservative Republicans
conservative
noun [C]  /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv/ us  
The Congressional committee had an equal number of conservatives and liberals.

conservative adjective (LOW)

(of guesses and calculations) likely to be less than the real amount: Even by conservative estimates, the company will lose $2,000,000 this year.
Translations of “conservative”
in Korean 보수주의의…
in Arabic مُحافِظ, تَقليدي…
in Portuguese conservador…
in Catalan conservador…
in Japanese 保守的な…
in Italian conservatore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 反對改變, 保守的, 守舊的…
in Russian консервативный…
in Turkish tutucu, muhafazakâr…
in Chinese (Simplified) 反对改变, 保守的, 守旧的…
in Polish konserwatywny…
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