Meaning of “conservatism” in the English Dictionary

"conservatism" in English

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conservatismnoun [ U ]

uk /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪ.zəm/ us /kənˈsɝː.və.tɪ.zəm/

Examples from literature

  • But all conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. 
  • He disliked what he called its bourgeois conservatism. 
  • I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism. 
  • She was New England austerity and conservatism embodied. 
  • The dominant feeling both in East and West was one of dislike to change, which we may conveniently call conservatism. 

(Definition of “conservatism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conservatism" in American English

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conservatismnoun [ U ]

us /kənˈsɜr·vəˌtɪz·əm/

(Definition of “conservatism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conservatism" in Business English

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conservatismnoun [ U ]

uk /kənˈsɜːvətɪzəm/ us

the fact of avoiding risks that are unnecessary:

Banks are no longer thought of as paragons of financial conservatism.
Republican candidates have tried to highlight their fiscal conservatism.

ACCOUNTING a principle of accounting in which assets or profits are not shown in accounts as greater than they may actually be, and financial losses are not made to seem smaller than they are:

If a situation arises in which there are two acceptable alternatives for reporting an item, conservatism directs the accountant to choose the alternative that will result in less net income.
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(Definition of “conservatism” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)