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[kuh n-doo-siv, -dyoo-] /kənˈdu sɪv, -ˈdyu-/
tending to produce; contributive; helpful; favorable (usually followed by to):
Good eating habits are conducive to good health.
Origin of conducive
1640-50; conduce + -ive
Related forms
conduciveness, noun
nonconducive, adjective
nonconduciveness, noun
unconducive, adjective
unconducively, adverb
unconduciveness, noun Unabridged
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  • Also, a Treatise of Witches in general, conducive to mirth and recreation.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
  • What they had to consider was what course would be most conducive to the interests of Athens.

  • But the life I lead, Miss Manette, is not conducive to health.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • "Amateur" biscuits are not conducive to good digestion or happiness.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • I can bring myself to say whatever may be best for him, and most conducive to his wishes.

    An Old Man's Love Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for conducive


when postpositive, foll by to. contributing, leading, or tending
Derived Forms
conduciveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conducive

1640s, from conduce + -ive.

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