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conservative

adjective uk   /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪv/  us   /-ˈsɝː.və.t̬ɪv/

conservative adjective (AGAINST CHANGE)

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. 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!
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conservative adjective (LOW)

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.
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.
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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