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 for Conservative
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Conservative \Con*serv"a*tive\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury,
        innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.
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              The Holy Spirit is the great conservative of the new
              life.                                 --Jer. Taylor.
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     2. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and
        customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in
        politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.
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     3. (Eng. Hist.) A member of the Conservative party.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Tending or disposed to maintain existing institutions;
        opposed to change or innovation.
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     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.
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              We have always been conscientiously attached to what
              is called the Tory, and which might with more
              propriety be called the Conservative, party.
                                                    --Quart. Rev.
                                                    (1830).
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     Conservative system (Mech.), a material system of such a
        nature that after the system has undergone any series of
        changes, and been brought back in any manner to its
        original state, the whole work done by external agents on
        the system is equal to the whole work done by the system
        overcoming external forces.                 --Clerk
                                                    Maxwell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  conservative
      adj 1: resistant to change [ant: liberal]
      2: having social or political views favoring conservatism
      3: avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate" [syn: cautious,
         conservative]
      4: unimaginatively conventional; "a colorful character in the
         buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek [syn:
         button-down, buttoned-down, conservative]
      5: conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle
         class; "a bourgeois mentality" [syn: bourgeois,
         conservative, materialistic]
      n 1: a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
           [syn: conservative, conservativist] [ant: liberal,
           liberalist, progressive]
      2: a member of a Conservative Party

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  139 Moby Thesaurus words for "conservative":
     Bircher, Bourbon, Epistle side, Methuselah, Tory, antediluvian,
     antique, back number, backward, bitter-ender, careful, cautious,
     centrist, chary, circumspect, clockwise, compromiser, conformist,
     conservational, conservationist, conservatist, conservatory,
     conserving, controlled, conventional, dad, decanal side, dexter,
     dextral, dextrocardial, dextrocerebral, dextrocular, dextrogyrate,
     dextrogyratory, dextropedal, dextrorotary, dextrorse, die-hard,
     diehard, discreet, dodo, elder, extreme right-winger, fogy,
     fogyish, fossil, fud, fuddy-duddy, fundamentalist, granny,
     hard hat, has-been, hidebound, imperialist, keeping,
     laudator temporis acti, longhair, matriarch, mid-Victorian,
     middle-of-the-road, middle-of-the-roader, moderate, moderationist,
     moderatist, monarchist, mossback, neutral, nonprogressive, off,
     old believer, old crock, old dodo, old fogy, old liner, old man,
     old poop, old school, old woman, old-fashioned, old-fogyish,
     old-line, old-timer, opposed to change, orthodox, patriarch,
     politic, pop, pops, preservative, preservatory, preserving, proper,
     protective, prudent, radical right, reactionarist, reactionary,
     reactionist, reasonable, recto, regular old fogy, relic,
     restrained, right, right field, right hand, right of center,
     right side, right wing, right-hand, right-wing, right-winger,
     right-wingish, rightist, royalist, saving, sober, social Darwinist,
     square, stable, standard, standpat, standpatter, starboard,
     starboard tack, starets, stick-in-the-mud, temperate, tory,
     traditional, traditionalist, traditionalistic, true-blue,
     ultraconservative, unexcessive, unextravagant, unextreme,
     unprogressive, wary
  
  

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "Conservative":
     Democrat, Labourite, Republican, Tory, Whig, heeler, loyalist,
     partisan, party faithful, party hack, party man, party member,
     party wheelhorse, registered Democrat, registered Republican,
     regular, stalwart, ward heeler, wheelhorse
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  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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