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[noun kon-duhkt; verb kuh n-duhkt] /noun ˈkɒn dʌkt; verb kənˈdʌkt/
personal behavior; way of acting; bearing or deportment.
direction or management; execution:
the conduct of a business.
the act of conducting; guidance; escort:
The curator's conduct through the museum was informative.
Obsolete. a guide; an escort.
verb (used with object)
to behave or manage (oneself):
He conducted himself well.
to direct in action or course; manage; carry on:
to conduct a meeting; to conduct a test.
to direct (an orchestra, chorus, etc.) as leader.
to lead or guide; escort:
to conduct a tour.
to serve as a channel or medium for (heat, electricity, sound, etc.):
Copper conducts electricity.
verb (used without object)
to lead.
to act as conductor, or leader of a musical group, by communicating to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands his or her interpretation of the music.
Origin of conduct
late Middle English
1250-1300; late Middle English < Medieval Latin conductus escort, noun use of Latin conductus (past participle of condūcere to conduce), equivalent to con- con- + duc- lead + -tus past participle suffix; replacing Middle English conduyt(e) < Anglo-French < Latin as above; see conduit
Related forms
conductible, adjective
conductibility, noun
nonconductibility, noun
nonconductible, adjective
preconduct, verb (used with object)
reconduct, verb (used with object)
unconducted, adjective
unconductible, adjective
well-conducted, adjective
1. demeanor, comportment, actions, manners. 2. guidance, administration. 5. deport, bear. 6. supervise, administer.
Synonym Study
1. See behavior. 8. See guide. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well-conducted
Historical Examples
  • If they 'd have called you Peter, you 'd have been a well-conducted poor creature.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • The managers of all our well-conducted railroads understand this.

    The Road and the Roadside Burton Willis Potter
  • And you can swear that she is a pure-minded and well-conducted girl?

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Never mind the shop people; we're well-conducted, and that's all they care for.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • There was not a trace of the well-conducted post of a short time before.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
  • The watering-places themselves are healthful, well-conducted, and ambitious.


    Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • A scrip like this is a disgrace to any well-conducted theatre.

    Trelawny of The "Wells" Arthur W. Pinero
  • England was always a quiet, law-abiding, well-conducted country.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
  • To all such, what a refuge is a well-conducted asylum like this!

    Smoking and Drinking James Parton
  • Servants' hats are not allowed in well-conducted households.'

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for well-conducted


adjective (well conducted when postpositive)
(of research, business, an operation, etc) led, conducted, or carried out in a satisfactory manner
(of a person or animal) behaving in a satisfactory manner: well-conducted, tidy creatures


noun (ˈkɒndʌkt)
the manner in which a person behaves; behaviour
the way of managing a business, affair, etc; handling
(rare) the act of guiding or leading
(rare) a guide or leader
verb (kənˈdʌkt)
(transitive) to accompany and guide (people, a party, etc) (esp in the phrase conducted tour)
(transitive) to lead or direct (affairs, business, etc); control
(transitive) to do or carry out: conduct a survey
(transitive) to behave or manage (oneself): the child conducted himself well
to control or guide (an orchestra, choir, etc) by the movements of the hands or a baton Also (esp US) direct
to transmit (heat, electricity, etc): metals conduct heat
Derived Forms
conductible, adjective
conductibility, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin conductus escorted, from Latin: drawn together, from condūcere to conduce
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Word Origin and History for well-conducted



early 15c., "to guide," from Latin conductus, past participle of conducere "to lead or bring together" (see conduce). Sense of "convey" is from early 15c.; that of "to direct, manage" is from 1630s; "to behave in a certain way" from c.1710; "to convey" from 1740. Related: Conducted; conducting. Earlier verb in the same sense was condyten (c.1400), related to conduit. The noun is from mid-15c., "guide" (in sauf conducte); sense of "behavior" is first recorded 1670s.

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well-conducted in Medicine

conduct con·duct (kən-dŭkt')
v. con·duct·ed, con·duct·ing, con·ducts
To act as a medium for conveying something such as heat or electricity. n.
(kŏn'dŭkt') The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality.

con·duc'tive adj.
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