A person who favors maintenance of the status quo or reversion to some earlier status.
(US, economics) A fiscal conservative
(US, politics) A political conservative
(US, social sciences) A social conservative.
* moderate, liberal, progressive, libertarian, centrist
Tending to resist change or innovation.
Based on pessimistic assumptions.
- The curriculum committee at this university is extremely conservative .
(US, economics, politics, social sciences) Supporting some combination of fiscal, political or social conservatism.
(US, politics) Relating to the Republican Party, regardless of its conservatism.
(British, politics) Relating to the Conservative Party.
* 1830 , Quarterly Rev.
- At a conservative estimate, growth may even be negative next year.
(physics, notcomp) Neither creating nor destroying a given quantity.
Having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste, or injury; preservative.
- We have always been conscientiously attached to what is called the Tory, and which might with more propriety be called the Conservative , party.
Out of the ordinary; odd; curious; unusual.
- The sky had a peculiar appearance before the storm.
* 1800 , , Volume 41,
- It would be rather peculiar to see a kangaroo hopping down a city street.
* 2001 , Jack Schaefer, Wendell Minor, Shane ,
- I saw nothing peculiar in his conduct, and thought that his arrangement of the ballot box was perfect.
- "Wasn't it peculiar ," I heard mother say, "How he wouldn't talk about himself?"
- "Peculiar ?" said father. "Well, yes, in a way."
* 2008', Stephen Arnott, '''''Peculiar Proverbs: Weird Words of Wisdom from Around the World .
Common or usual for a certain place or circumstance; specific or particular.
- "Everything about him is peculiar ." Mother sounded as if she was stirred up and interested. "I never saw a man quite like him before."
* 1855 , ,
- Kangaroos are peculiar to Australia.
* 1895 , , XX: Anomalous Islands: Celebes,
- This philosopher found his ideas especially in all that is practical, that is, which rests upon freedom, which in its turn ranks under cognitions that are the peculiar product of reason.
(dated) One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not shared or possessed by others.
* Bible, Titus ii. 14
- But of late years extensive Tertiary deposits of Miocene age have been discovered, showing that it is not a mere congeries of volcanoes; it [Iceland] is connected with the British Islands and with Greenland by seas less than 500 fathoms deep; and it possesses a few mammalia, one of which is peculiar', and at least three ' peculiar species of birds.
- And purify unto himself a peculiar people.
(dated) Particular; individual; special; appropriate.
- hymns that Christianity hath peculiar unto itself
- while each peculiar power forgoes his wonted seat
- My fate is Juno's most peculiar care.
* (out of the ordinary) strange, uncommon, unusual
* (common or usual in a particular place or circumstance) specific
* (out of the ordinary) common, usual
* (common or usual in a particular place or circumstance) common, general, universal
That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
(UK, canon law) A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
- Revenge is the peculiar of Heaven.