conformist

A conformist is a person who follows traditional standards of conduct. If you're a conformist, it's unlikely you'll join a revolution to overthrow your government; instead you'll argue that it's best to keep things the way they are.

Conformist comes from the Old French word conformer, which means "to agree to, make or be similar, be agreeable." People sometimes use the term conformist in a negative way, as an insult implying that someone doesn't have the brains or the guts to question the status quo. Conformist can also be used as an adjective to describe something that follows convention and established customs. A conformist school board, for example, would follow the usual time-tested curriculum.

Definitions of conformist
  1. noun
    someone who conforms to established standards of conduct (especially in religious matters)
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    Antonyms:
    nonconformist, recusant
    someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
    type of:
    conservative, conservativist
    a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
  2. adjective
    adhering to established customs or doctrines (especially in religion)
    synonyms: conforming
    mainstream, orthodox
    adhering to what is commonly accepted
  3. adjective
    marked by convention and conformity to customs or rules or styles
    “underneath the radical image teenagers are surprisingly conformist
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    Antonyms:
    nonconformist, unconformist
    not conforming to some norm or socially approved pattern of behavior or thought
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