Definition of conservatism in US English:



  • 1Commitment to traditional values and ideas with opposition to change or innovation.

    ‘proponents of theological conservatism’
    • ‘I think it says something about the conservatism of Australian producers.’
    • ‘The dichotomy stems from his musical conservatism.’
    • ‘This is a fable that talks about the existence and acceptance of differences in a time of conservatism and religious bigotry.’
    • ‘Even the war films that do not make use of these stereotypes are, for the most part, possessed of an inherent conservatism.’
    • ‘Insecurity is the basis of our conservatism.’
    • ‘Like Nabokov, whose family was similarly fallen, he displayed a complex mix of elite liberalism and disdainful conservatism.’
    • ‘There is this conservatism, this lack of understanding, this ignorance.’
    • ‘Its conservatism led patrons of modern art to look for alternatives.’
    • ‘Economics risks suffocating architecture, but so does polite conservatism and a consumerist attitude.’
    • ‘This perception is rent by contradictions between assimilation and separation, conservatism and liberalism, and tradition and progression.’
  • 2The holding of political views that favor free enterprise, private ownership, and socially conservative ideas.

    ‘a party that espoused conservatism’
    • ‘All energy was put into judicial censoring action, finding allies within the Right, thereby showing a vehement conservatism within feminism.’
    • ‘Critical perspectives on economics are key to countering the rise of political conservatism on campuses.’
    • ‘It was a carefully choreographed convention, one that strived to put distance between the harsh, ideological brand of conservatism practiced by the party's old guard.’
    • ‘The conservative traditions that have been the cement of the social capital of rural communities have underpinned the political conservatism of rural Australia.’
    • ‘The political history of Portugal in the 20th century has done much to reinforce a deeply entrenched conservatism.’
    • ‘He himself describes his political views as a "Machiavellian brand of conservatism."’
    • ‘Amid the urban riots, campus unrest, economic strains, and Vietnam War controversies of the late 1960s, Republican conservatism revived.’
    • ‘Democrats scoffed at the Republican mantra of "compassionate conservatism" that will provide little more than empty rhetoric.’
    • ‘The hallmark of this transition has been his decisive action installing an administration that is long on experience and generally high on conservatism.’
    • ‘He goes on to argue that the "new conservatism is being put into place through cultural rather than political strategies."’
    1. 2.1 The doctrines of the Conservative Party of Great Britain or a similar party elsewhere.
      ‘the thrust of post-war Conservatism’
      • ‘Conservatism revived with the dual leadership of Bentinck and Disraeli.’
      • ‘He does not radiate the same enjoyment in scoring off the prime minister as he did when his main targets were the Crown and Conservatism.’
      • ‘For Major, Conservatism is about allowing people to fulfill their potential.’
      • ‘Whereas his predecessor sought to dominate her party, he hoped to heal divisions and to create a new, consensual form of Conservatism.’
      • ‘They gave Chamberlainite managerial Conservatism a broad support.’
      • ‘That capture of a weakened Labour machine by the Left would not suffice to defeat the new Conservatism.’
      • ‘The college became a bastion of Conservatism in the Thatcher Era.’
      • ‘A Conservative MP, he maintained in the 1920s that Conservatism was "above all things a spirit, not an abstract doctrine."’
      • ‘The essays on Australian Conservatism provided some insight into conservative ideology and organization between the world wars.’
      • ‘He claimed that during the previous 20 years, the Conservatives had emphasized the strong features of Conservatism.’