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capacitive

[kuh-pas-i-tiv] /kəˈpæs ɪ tɪv/
adjective, Electricity
1.
pertaining to electrical capacitance, or the property of being able to collect and hold a charge of electricity.
2.
exhibiting or relying on electrical capacitance:
smartphones with capacitive touchscreens that react to electrical impulses generated by your finger.
Compare resistive (def 2).
Sometimes, capacitative [kuh-pas-i-tey-tiv] /kəˈpæs ɪˌteɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; capacit(y) + -ive
Related forms
capacitively, adverb
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