1) Physics: Of or pertaining to a law of
M.Fr. conservatif, from L.L. conservativus, from L. conservatus, p.p. of conservare, → conserve.
Fr.: champ conservatif
A → field of → force in which the → work done in taking a particle from one point to another is independent of the → path taken between them. Examples are → electrostatic field and → gravitational field.
Fr.: système conservatif
A system in which there is no dissipation of energy so that the total energy remains unchanged with time.
The condition or quality of being → conservative.