[ kuh-pas-i-tiv ]
/ kəˈpæs ɪ tɪv /

adjective Electricity.

pertaining to electrical capacitance, or the property of being able to collect and hold a charge of electricity.
exhibiting or relying on electrical capacitance: smartphones with capacitive touchscreens that react to electrical impulses generated by your finger.Compare resistive(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. capacious,
  2. capaciously,
  3. capacitance,
  4. capacitate,
  5. capacitation,
  6. capacitive coupling,
  7. capacitive reactance,
  8. capacitor,
  9. capacity,
  10. capactin

Sometimes ca·pac·i·ta·tive [kuh-pas-i-tey-tiv] /kəˈpæs ɪˌteɪ tɪv/.

Origin of capacitive

First recorded in 1915–20; capacit(y) + -ive

Related formsca·pac·i·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019