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Definition of Conservative

Conservative

  1. Having power to preserve in a safe of entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.
  2. Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions; opposed to change or innovation.
  3. 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.
  4. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.
  5. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.
  6. A member of the Conservative party.

Conservative Quotations

When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
John Kenneth Galbraith

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
John Stuart Mill

Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Robert A. Heinlein
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Conservative Translations

conservative in Dutch is behoudend, conservatief
conservative in French is conservateur
conservative in German is konservativ
conservative in Italian is conservativo
conservative in Portuguese is conservador
conservative in Spanish is tradicionalista, conservador, conservativo

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