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



    BrE BrE//kənˈsɜːvətɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɜːrvətɪzəm//
    [uncountable] Political views and systems
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  1. 1the tendency to resist great or sudden change the innate conservatism of older people
  2. 2 (also Conservatism) the political belief that society should change as little as possible an examination of the political theories of conservatism and liberalism
  3. 3 (also Conservatism) the principles of the Conservative Party in British politics See related entries: Political views and systems
  4. Extra examples Ryan espoused the traditional social conservatism of the district. his message of compassionate conservatism people’s conservatism in musical taste the innate conservatism of British businessmen the key principles of modern conservatism
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conservatism