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(1) Adherents of conservative views, opponents of progress and reforms (in political life, literature and art, science).

(2) In Great Britain and a number of other countries, members of the Conservative parties.

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Gilbert, who was an ardent Conservative, found himself caught in the vortex, being much in demand for speech-making at the various county rallies.
On the other hand, let not the most conservative and timid fear anything from a premature surrender of the bayonet and the system of force.
Had she been fourteen instead of twenty-four, she might have been changed by them; but she was twenty-four, conservative by nature and upbringing, and already crystallized into the cranny of life where she had been born and formed.
He saved himself, however, after the sane and conservative manner of his kind, by labelling his generalizations as "tentative.
The Wall Street Journal, a stock gamesters' publication, in commenting upon Lord Avebury's speech, said: "These words were spoken by an aristocrat and a member of the most conservative body in all Europe.
To vote Conservative was part of Matthew's religion.
Sometimes he even embarrassed the company by phrases suggesting that there was some difference between a Liberal and a Conservative.
I estimated its circumference at twenty-five miles, its width as varying from two to five miles; while my most conservative calculation placed on its beaches two hundred thousand seals.
If there was a reason for his preferring liberal to conservative views, which were held also by many of his circle, it arose not from his considering liberalism more rational, but from its being in closer accordance with his manner of life.
Remember that the country is only just free from a long era of Conservative rule.
One glance at his face was enough to tell Elizabeth that she had formed a too conservative estimate of his probable gloom.
I could put up with a good deal of provocation, but, after holding the soundest Conservative principles all my life, I could NOT put up with being called a Radical.

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