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conservativeadjective

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

If you are conservative in your appearance, you wear clothes in traditional colors and styles: He wore a conservative business suit for his interview.
conservatively
adverb us   /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv·li/
She was conservatively dressed in a gray suit.
  • conservative adjective (POLITICAL)

politics & government tending to emphasize the importance of personal responsibility and traditional values and to oppose depending on government for social services: conservative Republicans
conservative
noun [C] us   /kənˈsɜr·və·t̬ɪv/
The Congressional committee had an equal number of conservatives and liberals.
  • conservative adjective (LOW)

(of guesses and calculations) likely to be less than the real amount: 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 British English

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conservativeadjective

uk   /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪv/ us   /kənˈsɝː.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 more conservative and a bit suspicious of anything new.
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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conservatively
adverb uk   /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪv.li/ us   /kənˈsɝː.və.t̬ɪv.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   /kənˈsɝː.və.t̬ɪv/ also Tory
Conservative
noun [C] uk   us   also Tory
She's a staunch (= very loyal) Conservative.
Conservatism
noun [U] uk   /kənˈsɜː.və.tɪ.zəm/ us   /kənˈsɝː.və.tɪ.zəm/
Conservative actions and beliefs
(Definition of conservative from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conservative" in Business English

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conservativeadjective

uk   /kənˈsɜːvətɪv/ us  
not involving or taking unnecessary risks: The firm has always had a conservative approach to investment.
lower than the real figure 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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