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conservative

con·serv·a·tive

conservative

 
 
pronunciation:
kn suhr v tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: wanting things to stay as they are; not favoring change.
The conservative teachers opposed the idea of getting rid of the school's dress code.
synonyms:
traditional
antonyms:
progressive, radical
similar words:
conventional, old-fashioned, orthodox, square, straight
definition 2: old-fashioned; showing a liking for what has always been.
He wears conservative clothes to work.
similar words:
conventional, severe, traditional
definition 3: not willing to take chances or risks; safe; not too extreme.
She lives a conservative life.He sold the car at a conservative price.
synonyms:
moderate
antonyms:
extreme
similar words:
careful, cautious, prudent
definition 4: (capitalized) having to do with the U.S. or British Conservative party.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who wants things to stay as they are and is against change.
He is a conservative in how he runs his business.
antonyms:
progressive, radical
similar words:
square
definition 2: (capitalized) a member of a conservative party.
derivations: conservatively (adj.), conservativeness (n.)
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