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conservative

adjective (LOW)    /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪv/ US  /-ˈsɝː.və.t̬ɪv/
A conservative guess or calculation is likely to be less than the real amount: If I said there were three million unemployed, that would be a conservative estimate.Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful 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
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