Conservative and Radical


Conservative adjective - Tending to favor established ideas, conditions, or institutions.
Usage example: conservative baseball fans consider the new ballpark too modern-looking and plain ugly

Radical is an antonym for conservative in topics: traditional, traditionalist, moderate, cautious.


Radical adjective - Being very far from the center of public opinion.
Usage example: the baggy trousers that Amelia Bloomer introduced in the 1850s were considered a radical form of dress for women at the time

Conservative is an antonym for radical in topics: extremist, fundamental, deviating by extremes, often extreme change.

Nearby Words: radically, radicalism, radicalize, radicalise, radicalised

How words are described

actual actual conservative actual radical
political political conservative political radical
insane insane conservative insane radical

Both words in one sentence

  • Theatre / All The Way Reasonable Authority Figure: Martin Luther King in his interactions with various factions of the civil rights movement, having to ease out the differences between the more conservative and radical factions.
  • I'm liberal, you're radical, he's a bomb-throwing anarchist; I'm cautious, you're conservative, he's puritanical.
  • Literature / Beatles This also applies for a new radical newspaper, camouflaged inside a more conservative one.
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