American English

Definition of conservative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1opposed to great or sudden social change; showing that you prefer traditional styles and values the conservative views of his parents music which is accessible to an audience with extremely conservative tastes Her style of dress was never conservative. a conservative newspaper/talk show host/politician
  2. 2(of an estimate) lower than what is probably the real amount or number At a conservative estimate, he'll be earning $50,000.
  3. 3(Canadian English) connected with the Conservative Party, a political party in Canada
  4. conservatively
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: conservative