conservative

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. unprogressive; moderate; protective; unchanging, stable; reactionary, mossback, diehard, Tory. See permanence. Ant., liberal, radical.
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(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. traditional, reactionary, conventional, moderate, unprogressive, illiberal, right-wing, ultraconservative, conserving, holding to, preserving, unchanging, stable, constant, firm, obstinate, inflexible, opposed to change, cautious, careful, sober, Tory, rightist, right-of-center, taking no chances, timid, not extreme, undaring, disliking novelty, die-hard, old-line, unreconstructed, hidebound, rearguard, in a rut*, in a groove*, standpat*; see also careful , moderate 3 .
Ant. liberal*, progressive, risky.
n.
Syn. reactionary, right-winger, preserver, die-hard, conserver, champion of the status quo, opponent of change, classicist, traditionalist, moderate, Tory, Whig, Federalist, Bourbon, rightist, fundamentalist, standpat, ultraconservative, obstructionist, conventionalist, John Bircher, Reaganite, (old) fogy, mossback*, fossil*, Neanderthal*, stick-in-the-mud*, square*.
Ant. radical*, progressive, liberal.
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
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n.
traditionalist, right-winger, diehard, champion of the status quo, moderate, obstructionist, *stick-in-the-mud. ''A man who believes nothing should be done for the first time.''—Alfred Wiggam.
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(VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[kun SURV uh tiv]
favoring traditional, nonprogressive ways; moderate.
He doesn't like change; his politics are conservative.
SYN.:
1. traditional right-wing, rightist, conventional, die-hard, unchanging, stable, old line, hidebound, opposed to change, unprogressive.
2. cautious moderate, safe, middle-of-the-road, careful.
ANT.: 1. radical, liberal, progressive
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Strongly favoring retention of the existing order: orthodox, right, rightist, right-wing, Tory, traditionalist, traditionalistic. See KEEP. 2. Kept within sensible limits: discreet, moderate, reasonable, restrained, temperate. See PLAIN, RESTRAINT. 3. Clinging to obsolete ideas: backward, reactionary, unprogressive. See POLITICS. 4. Able to preserve: preservative, protective. See HELP. II noun One who strongly favors retention of the existing order: orthodox, rightist, right-winger, Tory, traditionalist. See KEEP.

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