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"conservative" in British English

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conservativeadjective

uk   /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪv/  us   /-ˈsɝː.və.t̬ɪv/
  • conservative adjective (AGAINST CHANGE)

C1 not usually ​liking or ​trustingchange, ​especiallysuddenchange: a conservative ​society/​outlook Older ​peopletend to be more conservative and a ​bitsuspicious of anything new. If you are conservative in ​yourappearance, you usually do not like ​fashionable or ​modernclothes or ​hairstyles: He's a very conservative ​dresser - he always ​looks like he's ​wearing his father's ​clothes!

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conservatively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
I ​dress more conservatively for the ​office. The ​costs of ​cleaning up the ​bay are ​estimated, conservatively, at $1 ​billion.

Conservativeadjective

uk   /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪv/  us   /-ˈsɝː.və.t̬ɪv/ (also Tory)
belonging to or ​supporting the British ​politicalparty that ​traditionallysupportsbusiness and ​opposes high ​taxes and ​governmentinvolvement in ​industry: the Conservative Party Conservative ​policies a Conservative MP/​government Did you vote Conservative at the last ​election?

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  • He was a Conservative ​minister in the Thatcher ​government.
  • He has been a Conservative all his ​life.
  • She always ​votes Conservative.
Conservative
noun [C] uk   us   (also Tory)
She's a staunch (= very ​loyal) Conservative.
Conservatism
noun [U] uk   us   /-tɪ.zəm/
Conservative ​actions and ​beliefs
(Definition of conservative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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conservativeadjective

 us   /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv/
  • conservative adjective (SOCIAL)

tending to ​emphasize the ​importance of ​preservingtraditionalcultural and ​religiousvalues, and to ​opposechange, esp. ​suddenchange If you are conservative in ​yourappearance, you ​wearclothes in ​traditionalcolors and ​styles: He ​wore a conservative ​businesssuit for his ​interview.
conservatively
adverb  us   /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv·li/
She was conservatively ​dressed in a ​graysuit.
  • conservative adjective (POLITICAL)

politics & government tending to ​emphasize the ​importance of ​personalresponsibility and ​traditionalvalues and to ​opposedepending on ​government for ​socialservices: conservative Republicans
conservative
noun [C]  us   /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv/
The Congressional ​committee had an ​equalnumber of conservatives and liberals.
  • conservative adjective (LOW)

(of ​guesses and calculations) ​likely to be less than the ​realamount: Even by conservative ​estimates, the ​company will ​lose $2,000,000 this ​year.
(Definition of conservative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conservative" in Business English

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conservativeadjective

uk   us   /kənˈsɜːvətɪv/
not involving or taking unnecessary ​risks: The ​firm has always had a conservative ​approach to ​investment.
lower than the ​realfigure or ​amount seems likely to be: a conservative ​estimate/​figure
(Definition of conservative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “conservative”
in Arabic مُحافِظ, تَقليدي…
in Korean 보수주의의…
in Portuguese conservador…
in Catalan conservador…
in Japanese 保守的な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 反对改变, 保守的, 守旧的…
in Turkish tutucu, muhafazakâr…
in Russian консервативный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 反對改變, 保守的, 守舊的…
in Italian conservatore…
in Polish konserwatywny…
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