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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!

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   /-li/ us  
I dress more conservatively for the office. The costs of cleaning up the bay are estimated, conservatively, at $1 billion.
(Definition of conservative adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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