Etymology
Advertisement

conservatism (n.)

1835, "political principles and opinions of the Conservative party in British politics;" from conservative + -ism. From 1838 in reference to conservative principles generally, "disposition to maintain and adhere to the established order of things, wariness of innovation or change."

updated on March 07, 2018

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of conservatism from WordNet

conservatism (n.)
a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes;
Synonyms: conservativism
From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.