conservative


conservative
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noun
ADJECTIVE
diehard, hard-line, staunch
right-wing
political
compassionate
cultural, fiscal, social
Christian, religious (both AmE)
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adj.
VERBS
be
become
remain
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
deeply, highly, profoundly, solidly, staunchly

a staunchly conservative nominee

overly

The gloomy forecasts are based on overly conservative projections of growth.

ideologically

Her views are by no means ideologically conservative.

increasingly
largely, predominantly
moderately, relatively

moderately conservative voters

basically, essentially, fundamentally, generally

She takes a basically conservative view of society.

a fundamentally conservative political outlook

inherently

the army's inherently conservative values

notoriously

Banks are notoriously conservative about their dealings with clients.

traditionally

a traditionally conservative profession

culturally, fiscally, morally, politically, religiously (esp. AmE), socially

the culturally conservative world of commerce and industry

Conservative is used with these nouns: ↑administration, ↑agenda, ↑approach, ↑attitude, ↑backlash, ↑bench, ↑bias, ↑campaign, ↑candidate, ↑cause, ↑challenger, ↑Christian, ↑coalition, ↑commentator, ↑congregation, ↑Congressman, Congresswoman, ↑councillor, ↑credentials, ↑economist, ↑elite, ↑establishment, ↑estimate, ↑faction, ↑forecast, ↑government, ↑heartland, ↑Jew, ↑Judaism, ↑judge, ↑landslide, ↑leader, ↑leadership, ↑manifesto, ↑media, ↑movement, ↑nationalist, ↑newspaper, ↑party, ↑peer, ↑philosophy, ↑point of view, ↑politician, ↑politics, ↑premier, ↑prime minister, ↑propaganda, ↑regime, ↑rival, ↑scholar, ↑senator, ↑slant, ↑stance, ↑supporter, ↑thinker, ↑value, ↑view, ↑viewpoint, ↑vote, ↑wing

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