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conductive

[kuh n-duhk-tiv] /kənˈdʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the property or capability of conducting.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin conduct(us) (see conduct) + -ive
Related forms
conductively, adverb
nonconductive, adjective
unconductive, adjective
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Examples from the web for conductive
  • Lithium-ion batteries have two electrodes immersed in an electrically conductive solution, called an electrolyte.
  • The rotating, electrically conductive liquid core is what generates the planet's magnetic field.
  • Racists, it would seem, had the same concept of the conductive energy of sport and its potential to spread a gospel.
  • Electricity, meanwhile, is delivered via a conductive brush that sweeps around a metal ring in the stationary base.
  • But conductive materials aren't enough to make an electronic gadget work.
  • For example, for lightning to propagate it must form a hot, conductive channel.
  • But when lines are strong enough to arc out, wildly conductive plasma follows.
  • Those glory years depended on specific historical factors conductive to heavy industry, such as proximity to mines and waterways.
  • The idea is to pad the entire airliner with energy-absorbing foam, then slide the giant conductive sheath along the plane's body.
  • conductive hearing loss occurs when sound has problems getting through the external and middle ear.
British Dictionary definitions for conductive

conductive

/kənˈdʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
of, denoting, or having the property of conduction
Derived Forms
conductively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conductive
adj.

1520s, from conduct + -ive. Physics sense is from 1840. Related: Conductivity (1837).

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