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[kuh n-duhk-tiv]
  1. having the property or capability of conducting.
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Origin of conductive

1520–30; < Latin conduct(us) (see conduct) + -ive
Related formscon·duc·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·duc·tive, adjectiveun·con·duc·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples of conductive

  • It will be observed that I have produced one cell which was 337.5 times as conductive in hazy sunlight as in dark.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 492, June 6, 1885


  • Most of the transmitters in use, however, depend solely upon carbon as the conductive material of the variable-resistance element.

  • Hence the deflection produced by these metals is due to their diamagnetic, and not to their conductive capacity.

  • In the photophone the conductive wire has already been dispensed with, and a ray of light is used in its place.

    The Arena


  • That is, the neurones are laid in conductive series, the far end of one apposed to the near end of its precursor.

British Dictionary definitions for conductive


  1. of, denoting, or having the property of conduction
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Derived Formsconductively, 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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