WND contacted Random House in New York City for an explanation of how “extremely conservative” was placed into its dictionary as a descriptor for “narrow-minded,” but no one was available to provide an answer. WND was told, though, the company is not working on any updated versions.
“While Random House Reference has no updated editions of our dictionaries currently planned, we continue to actively publish and market our existing editions,” said Meg Rushton of Random House Information Group.
When WND entered the term “conservative” into Dictionary.com, results from eight different dictionaries were returned, with none using the word “narrow-minded” as a definition.
The Random House definitions include as an adjective:
disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
As a noun, it includes:
a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.
a supporter of conservative political policies.
On its “About” page, Dictionary.com explains it doesn’t produce all the dictionaries appearing on its site. It merely makes them available.
“In that respect we are more like a bookstore or library than a publisher,” it states. “Thus any comments regarding the content of the definitions that appear on our site should properly be directed to the publisher or copyright holder.”