• WordNet 3.6
    • adj conservative conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class "a bourgeois mentality"
    • adj conservative resistant to change
    • adj conservative unimaginatively conventional "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek"
    • adj conservative avoiding excess "a conservative estimate"
    • adj conservative having social or political views favoring conservatism
    • n conservative a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
    • n Conservative a member of a Conservative Party
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some farmers in Japan have learned to grow their watermelons into a square shape. They did this to conserve shelf space
    • Conservative (Eng. Hist) A member of the Conservative party.
    • Conservative Having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.
    • Conservative Of or pertaining to a political party which favors the conservation of existing institutions and forms of government, as the Conservative party in England; -- contradistinguished from Liberal and Radical. "We have always been conscientiously attached to what is called the Tory, and which might with more propriety be called the Conservative , party."
    • Conservative One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.
    • Conservative One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver. "The Holy Spirit is the great conservative of the new life."
    • Conservative Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Daylight savings time started during World War I, so Americans could use as much natural lighting as possible and conserve energy needed for war production. Despite the Uniform Time Act, which Congress passed in 1966 to standardize the time change, several states within the United States do not observe Daylight Saving Time. They are Arizona, Hawaii, parts of Indiana, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
    • conservative Preservative; having power or tendency to preserve in a safe or entire state; protecting from loss, waste, or injury: said of things.
    • conservative Disposed to retain and maintain what is established, as institutions, customs, and the like; opposed to innovation and change; in an extreme and unfavorable sense, opposed to progress: said of persons or their characteristics.
    • conservative Specifically In politics: Antagonistic to change in the institutions of the country, civil or ecclesiastical; especially, opposed to change in the direction of democracy.
    • conservative Hence- [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the Conservatives or their principles. See II., 3.
    • n conservative One who aims, or that which tends, to preserve from injury, decay, or loss; a preserver or preservative.
    • n conservative One who is opposed by nature or on principle to innovation and change; in an unfavorable sense, one who from prejudice or lack of foresight is opposed to true progress.
    • n conservative [capitalized] In Great Britain, a Tory: a name first adopted by the Tory party about the time of the passing of the first Reform Bill (1832). The professed object of the Conservatives, as a political body, is to maintain and preserve by every constitutional means the existing institutions of the country, both ecclesiastical and civil, and to oppose such measures and changes as they believe have a tendency either to destroy or to impair these institutions.
    • n conservative In U. s, history, one of the group of Democrats who, during Van Buren's administration, voted with the Whigs against the Independent Treasury Bill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Conservative tending or having power to conserve
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  • Lynwood L. Giacomini
    Lynwood L. Giacomini
    “A conservative believes nothing should be done for the first time.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Conservative. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “All great peoples are conservative.”
  • Frank Dane
    “A conservative is a fellow who thinks a rich man should have a square deal.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. conservatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conservārecon, together, and servāre, to keep.


In literature:

The Conservative Party tell us that if they win the victory they will screw a protective tariff on our necks.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
Conservative to the most ridiculous degree, I imagine.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
Was nothing to be conserved by a Conservative party?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Some men are Conservative from defects of heart, while some are Conservative from defects of head.
"Post-Prandial Philosophy" by Grant Allen
But it is probable that Mr Shakespeare under-estimated the strength of the conservative spirit in many of the Free Churches.
"The War and Unity" by Various
The rational standing of the Argument from General Laws prior to the enunciation of the doctrine of the Conservation of Energy.
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
The relation declares that the bulls were authorized by the same judge-conservator and his secretary.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXV, 1635-36" by Various
There's nothing like a conservative course.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
Following the application of science to the cultivation of the soil, came the students of Conservation.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
It was, during the whole period, the conservative power of Protestantism.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst

In poetry:

Said the Neo Conservative skeleton
Homeless off the street!
Said the Free Market skeleton
Use 'em up for meat
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Sharing His love who holds in His embrace
The lowliest of our race,
Sure the Divine economy must be
Conservative of thee!
"Within The Gate" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'Tis you dispense the favourite meat
To nature's filmy people;
Know what conserves they choose to eat,
And what liqueurs, to tipple.
"To the Virtuosi" by William Shenstone
My stately old aristocrats—
I fancy still their talk must be
Of rose - conserves and Persian cats,
And lavender and Indian tea;—
I wonder sometimes as I pass
If they approve of me.
"The Poplars" by Theodosia Garrison
But keep the tradition, conserve the forms, the observances, keep
the spot sore. Be great, carve deep your heel-marks.
The states of the next age will no doubt remember you, and edge
their love of freedom with contempt of luxury.
"Shine, Republic" by Robinson Jeffers
No winter birds or midges dot the snow.
I understand: the earth has long lain chill
And dead. For whom do I conserve
The breath within my chest? To whom did death
Return me? What's my mind
Connected to? And what's its final purpose?
"Never" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet

In news:

We all knew this moment would come—after all, what was conservative View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck doing on the Upper West Side in the first place.
Both men are members of the conservative Democratic coalition known as the Blue Dogs.
Lisa Senior of the US Geological Survey presents an update on the Pike County Groundwater Level Network at the Pike County Conservation District meeting in Blooming Grove, PA.
Energy Conservation 101: Energy Fundamentals, Baseline and Benchmarking.
The US Bureau of Land Management is rounding up wild burros that have taken up residence in the Blue Diamond community near Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Officials discussed the Elk County Monitoring Project Monday night with members of the Elk County Conservation District.
The Elk County Conservation District held its regular meeting Monday night to discuss the progress of the Elk County Monitoring Project.
The 2012 fellows are chosen for their artistic excellence and their efforts to conserve American culture.
Joan Crockatt, Conservative candidate for the Calgary Centre federal byelection, in Calgary, speaks on Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal.
Wildlife Conservation Society and the Royal Government of Cambodia say that more vulture "restaurants" and reduction of poison in hunting is critical to saving vultures in Asia.
Organization for Bat Conservation The Cranbrook Institute of Science is getting ready to go batty this weekend.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Release Email.
After determining that two years of season extensions did not significantly impact the bay scallop population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided June 28 to.
After determining two years of season extensions did not significantly impact the bay scallop population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission decided June 28 to permanently extend.
After determining two years of season extensions did not significantly impact the bay scallop population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission decided June 28 to permanently extend the recreational season by two weeks.

In science:

In this way, we would have identified a strongly leaning conservative/liberal (SC/SL) and a moderately leaning conservative/liberal (MC/ML).
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Figure 1: On every configuration, (cid:98)Qµ Πµ ν V V = 0 when one conserved current is used in each correlator (left), but not when only non-conserved local currents are used (right).
S parameter and parity doubling below the conformal window
Figure 2: On every configuration, lattice artifacts Πµ ν (cid:98)Qν (cid:54)= 0 cancel in the V –A difference when one conserved current is used in each correlator (left), but not when only non-conserved local currents are used (right).
S parameter and parity doubling below the conformal window
Then, any swarm of tra jectories confined within Σ1 at t1 will end up inside Σ2 at t2 , this being the trait of a conservative Liouvillian dynamics or, in other words, of the conservation equation for a classical system.
Determining final probabilities directly from the initial state
One difference of the QGP with the usual nonrelativistic liquids is that the conservation of matter – of the number of atoms or at least some conserved vector current – does not play an important role.
Shocks in Quark-Gluon Plasmas