Definition: Conservatism

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From Latin cōnservāre (to conserve, to keep, guard, observe).


conservatism (countable and uncountable, plural conservatisms)

  1. A political philosophy that advocates traditional values.
  2. A risk-averse attitude or approach.

Derived terms

  • compassionate conservatism
  • fiscal conservatism
  • liberal conservatism
  • national conservatism
  • social conservatism

Related terms

  • conservation
  • conservationist
  • conservative
  • conservativeness
  • conservator
  • conservatory
  • conserve


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