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[kuh-pas-i-tiv] /kəˈpæs ɪ tɪv/
adjective, Electricity
pertaining to electrical capacitance, or the property of being able to collect and hold a charge of electricity.
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 of capacitive
1915-20; capacit(y) + -ive
Related forms
capacitively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Instead, it is the pivot-point for a clear capacitive disk.
  • They also opted for an oval-shaped capacitive touch home button, rather than a mechanical button.
  • Distributor type capacitive discharge, or resonant converter ignition system.
  • Test point cap is removable to allow access to capacitive test point.

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