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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conservative  \Con*serv"a*tive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  conservatif.] 
  1.  Having  power  to  preserve  in  a  safe  of  entire  state,  or 
  from  loss  waste,  or  injury;  preservative. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conservative  \Con*serv"a*tive\,  n. 
  1.  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.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  One  who  desires  to  maintain  existing  institutions  and 
  customs;  also  one  who  holds  moderate  opinions  in 
  politics;  --  opposed  to  revolutionary  or  radical. 
 
  3.  (Eng.  Hist.)  A  member  of  the  Conservative  party. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conservative 
  adj  1:  resistant  to  change  [ant:  {liberal}] 
  2:  opposed  to  liberal  reforms 
  3:  avoiding  excess;  "a  conservative  estimate"  [syn:  {cautious}] 
  4:  unimaginatively  conventional;  "a  colorful  character  in  the 
  buttoned-down,  dull-gray  world  of  business"-  Newsweek 
  [syn:  {button-down},  {buttoned-down}] 
  5:  conforming  to  the  standards  and  conventions  of  the  middle 
  class;  "a  bourgeois  mentality"  [syn:  {bourgeois},  {materialistic}] 
  n  :  a  person  who  has  conservative  ideas  or  opinions  [syn:  {conservativist}] 
  [ant:  {liberal}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CONSERVATIVE,  n.  A  statesman  who  is  enamored  of  existing  evils,  as 
  distinguished  from  the  Liberal,  who  wishes  to  replace  them  with 
  others 
 
 




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