Definition of conservative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvətɪv//
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  1. 1 (also Conservative) (abbreviation Con.) a member or supporter of the British Conservative Party Senior Conservatives are opposed to the change. disagreement among back-bench Conservatives
  2. 2a conservative person
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘aiming to preserve’): from late Latin conservativus, from conservat- ‘conserved’, from the verb conservare ‘to preserve’, from con- ‘together’ + servare ‘to keep’. Current senses date from the mid 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conservative