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[kuh n-duhk-tiv] /kənˈdʌk tɪv/
having the property or capability of conducting.
Origin of conductive
1520-30; < Latin conduct(us) (see conduct) + -ive
Related forms
conductively, adverb
nonconductive, adjective
unconductive, adjective Unabridged
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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


of, denoting, or having the property of conduction
Derived Forms
conductively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for conductive

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

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