(The spelling Conservative is also used for meaning 1.)
1) ADJ A Conservative politician or voter is a member of or votes for the Conservative Party in Britain.

Most Conservative MPs appear happy with the government's reassurances.

...disenchanted Conservative voters.

Conservative is also a noun.

In 1951 the Conservatives were returned to power.

2) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is conservative has right-wing views.

...counties whose citizens invariably support the most conservative candidate in any election.

Conservative is also a noun.

The new judge is 50-year-old David Suitor who's regarded as a conservative.

3) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is conservative or has conservative ideas is unwilling to accept changes and new ideas.

People tend to be more aggressive when they're young and more conservative as they get older...

It is essentially a narrow and conservative approach to child care.

4) ADJ-GRADED If someone dresses in a conservative way, their clothes are conventional in style.

The girl was well dressed, as usual, though in a more conservative style.

Derived words:
conservatively ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She was always very conservatively dressed when we went out.

5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A conservative estimate or guess is one in which you are cautious and estimate or guess a low amount which is probably less that the real amount.

A conservative estimate of the bill, so far, is about ₤22,000...

This guess is probably on the conservative side.

Derived words:
conservatively ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The bequest is conservatively estimated at ₤30 million.

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