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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 non-conductive

  • That was no doubt light-matter, a non-metal, and as such, non-conductive to light.

    The Black Star Passes

    John W Campbell

  • 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

  • When the line of non-conductive ink interposed itself, the tap was off and the flow ceased.

British Dictionary definitions for non-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 non-conductive



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

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