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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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  • But if, with it, we touch one of the non-conductive lines, there will be no current.

  • The effect of the strata is the same as that exercised by the non-conductive coatings which are put on steam boilers.

    Outlines of the Earth's History Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • That was no doubt light-matter, a non-metal, and as such, non-conductive to light.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • When the line of non-conductive ink interposed itself, the tap was off and the flow ceased.

British Dictionary definitions for non-conductive


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



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

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