The disposition and tendency to preserve what is established; opposition to change; the habit of mind; or conduct, of a conservative.
A political philosophy characterized by trust in individual initiative, tradition, experience and time-tested institutions rather than human ingenuity for reshaping the world for the better from the top down. Conducive to spiritual degeneration when practiced apart from ethical systems which require attention to social responsibilities.
In the American context, an ideology that is respectful of traditional values and institutions, including private property, enterprise, and family. Generally favors liberty over equality.