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    #1

    "the most egalitarian ... the most conservative"?

    "Australia was ranked in the middle on attitudes to gender, with Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden among the most egalitarian and Chile, Mexico, the Philippines and Russia the most conservative."
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    In the context given, does the word "conservative" have the opposite meaning of "egalitarian," please?

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    Re: "the most egalitarian ... the most conservative"?

    The author certainly intends that.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: "the most egalitarian ... the most conservative"?

    I would not consider "conservative" an antonym of "egalitarian". I would suggest "elitist" or "undemocratic".

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    Re: "the most egalitarian ... the most conservative"?

    But in the context of gender, the most egalitarian would be those where women had achieved the highest status and the most conservative would the ones where they had not done so, so here they are used as opposites IMO.

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    Re: "the most egalitarian ... the most conservative"?

    There are certainly "conservative" views on gender issues. Traditional views.

    In this use, "egalitarian" is the opposite. But you can't say in general that "egalitarian" and "conservative" are opposites.

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