• WordNet 3.6
    • n conservatism a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Conservatism The disposition and tendency to preserve what is established; opposition to change; the habit of mind; or conduct, of a conservative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conservatism The disposition to maintain and adhere to the established order of things; opposition to innovation and change: as, the conservatism of the clergy.
    • n conservatism The political principles and opinions maintained by Conservatives. See conservative, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conservatism the opinions and principles of a Conservative
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “What is conservatism? It is not adherence to the old and tried, but against the new and untried?”
  • Frank Popoff
    Frank Popoff
    “Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For conservatism,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conservārecon, together, and servāre, to keep.


In literature:

There is a noble Conservatism as well as an ignoble.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
So much for the teachings of the academies, hampered by conservatism and constructive traditions.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
In temperament a fanatic, in impulse a born revolutionist, the word conservatism was to him as a red rag to a bull.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The conservatism of Lewis was that of a profoundly sceptical instinct, of practical cautious incredulity.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
Our careful humanitarians, our charitable ones, never do, for they stick to their conservatism.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
The best safeguard against collision, however, was to be found in the latent conservatism of the house of commons itself.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The inroads of scientific agriculture have played havoc with agricultural tradition and conservatism.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
The well-known conservatism of the farming class is doubtless largely due to class isolation.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
In spite of this modernity in literature there are other matters which show how strong the conservatism of the Basques really is.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The disastrous ruin of the cause was brought on by want of management, and not by excess of conservatism.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

In news:

Liberalism and Conservatism Have The Same Glass Jaw—The Voters Don't Want Change.
Sen Rubio Says Limited Government Conservatism is Still the Answer.
Jindal speaks of "dumbed-down" conservatism when the man perceived as the intellectual leader of the conservative movement, Paul Ryan, was on the presidential ticket.
Modern conservatism "seems spent and resistant to innovation".
Obama victory a major blow to 'severe' conservatism.
When Rick Perlstein sat down to tell the secret history of modern conservatism in the early 1960s, he mastered the politics, the ideologies, the personalities.
Ms Trauernicht says, " Grassroots conservatism in Maryland is sprouting everywhere across the state.".
Bill Kristol's Hypocritical 'Conservatism of Doubt'.
But the hypocrisy that matters far more is the gap between ideology and practice that has reached a crisis point in American conservatism.
Nate Silver, Jonah Goldberg And Conservatism's Intellectual Decline.
The predominant ideology in Washington isn't liberalism or conservatism.
Jonah Goldberg's Chance to Prove Critics of Conservatism Wrong.
Liberalism Will Give Way to True Conservatism.
Utah congressional candidate Mia Love has quickly become the Republican party's political darling, having passionately championed conservatism at the Republican National Convention.
We'll find that history favors conservatism in the long run .

In science:

To reduce conservatism, a numerical approach has been developed by Chen which permits exact computation of the minimum sample size.
A Simple Sample Size Formula for Estimating Means of Poisson Random Variables
Depending on the unknown variable m0 , there may be an inherent conservatism in this strategy.
Distributed Detection in Sensor Networks with Limited Range Multi-Modal Sensors
Solving the written system o f equat ions together with relat ions for laws of energy conservat ion of free particles, one can calculate D.
Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology
Conversely, a smaller choice of αn leads to a bootstrapped estimate of a smoother quantity but also introduces conservatism.
Small Sample Inference for Generalization Error in Classification Using the CUD Bound
Thus, αn must strike a balance between smoothness required by the bootstrap and conservatism.
Small Sample Inference for Generalization Error in Classification Using the CUD Bound