the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
the principles and practices of political .
The greatest victims of Southern conservatism have always been the majority of Southerners of all races.
The South Vs. Obama Michael Lind January 28, 2009
He also called the Berber town of Nalut, which I did not visit, “the Amazigh Zintan,” for its conservatism.
Libya’s Hidden Minority Ann Marlowe September 1, 2011
One notable feature of British conservatism has been it’s willingness to discuss issues that are not always on the right’s radar.
A More Civil Society Noah Kristula-Green July 10, 2012
And there is a compassion to his conservatism as he talks about how policies affect families and how families affect society.
Watch This Space: The Presidential Election Could Be Decided in NH Mark McKinnon January 6, 2012
Especially when, in that time, conservatism and the Republican Party have undergone the radical transformations they have.
Christie and the 7 Dwarves Michael Tomasky February 4, 2014
The outbreak of the French Revolution intensified his conservatism.
Historical Essays James Ford Rhodes
Yes, I know his stu … his strictness, his conservatism in these matters.
The Live Corpse Leo Tolstoy
There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
The conservatism of England, in the view of an American, is striking.
Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
Evidently, in the absence of any compulsory adherence to settled articles, there was an abundant tendency to conservatism.
Practical Essays Alexander Bain
opposition to change and innovation
a political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change
noun (in Britain, Canada, etc)
the form of conservatism advocated by the Conservative Party
the policies, doctrines, or practices of the Conservative Party
1835, in reference to the Conservative party in British politics; from conservative + -ism. From 1840 in reference to conservative principles generally.
A general preference for the existing order of society, and an opposition to efforts to bring about sharp change. (Compare liberalism.)
disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit. (often initial capital letter) of or relating to the Conservative party. (initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of […]
the system of fundamental principles according to which a nation, state, corporation, or the like, is governed. the document embodying these principles. (initial capital letter) . the way in which a thing is composed or made up; makeup; composition: the chemical constitution of the cleanser. the physical character of the body as to strength, health, […]
of or relating to the of a state, organization, etc. subject to the provisions of such a constitution: a constitutional monarchy. provided by, in accordance with, or not prohibited by, such a constitution: the constitutional powers of the president; a law held to be constitutional by the Supreme Court. belonging to or inherent in the […]
the principles of government or adherence to them. rule or authority. Contemporary Examples There is no shortage of ideas to borrow from, as there a rich literature on constitutionalism and ethnicity. If You Will It, It Is No Nightmare Yousef Munayyer December 9, 2012 Historical Examples He saw himself as the moral leader of the […]
an adherent or advocate of or of an existing constitution. an expert on a political constitution. Contemporary Examples The incoming constitutionalist president is General George Pulaski. The Politics of “Patriots” David Frum August 8, 2012 A constitutionalist libertarian, Rawles is strongly opposed to any federal regulations on dry ice bombs. Dry Ice Goes Boom Abby […]