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Generally meant to imply someone who doesn't like change, I guess the opposite of progressive. Both terms are wanky really but no more or less than 'left' or 'right' for politics.
I see it misused all the time to mean a poorly thought out impulse reaction to do with any kind of politics, like backing up your prejudices.
"unthinkingly opposed to change" - "poorly thought out impulse reaction"/"backing up your prejudices"?