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conservative

adjective (AGAINST CHANGE)    /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪv/ US  /-ˈsɝː.və.t̬ɪv/
C1 not usually liking or trusting change, especially sudden change: a conservative society/outlook Older people tend to be quite conservative and a bit suspicious of any supposed advances. → Compare liberal adjectiveCustom, tradition and conformity If you are conservative in your appearance, you usually do not like fashionable or modern clothes or hairstyles: He's a very conservative dresser - he always looks like he's wearing his father's clothes!Custom, tradition and conformity conservatively     /-li/ adverb I dress more conservatively for the office. The costs of cleaning up the bay are estimated, conservatively, at $1 billion.Custom, tradition and conformityCautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful
(Definition of conservative adjective (AGAINST CHANGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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