[noun kon-duhkt; verb kuhn-duhkt]
  1. personal behavior; way of acting; bearing or deportment.
  2. direction or management; execution: the conduct of a business.
  3. the act of conducting; guidance; escort: The curator's conduct through the museum was informative.
  4. Obsolete. a guide; an escort.
verb (used with object)
  1. to behave or manage (oneself): He conducted himself well.
  2. to direct in action or course; manage; carry on: to conduct a meeting; to conduct a test.
  3. to direct (an orchestra, chorus, etc.) as leader.
  4. to lead or guide; escort: to conduct a tour.
  5. to serve as a channel or medium for (heat, electricity, sound, etc.): Copper conducts electricity.
verb (used without object)
  1. to lead.
  2. 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

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 formscon·duct·i·ble, adjectivecon·duct·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·con·duc·ti·bil·i·ty, nounnon·con·duc·ti·ble, adjectivepre·con·duct, verb (used with object)re·con·duct, verb (used with object)un·con·duct·ed, adjectiveun·con·duct·i·ble, adjectivewell-con·duct·ed, adjective

Synonyms for conduct

Synonym study

1. See behavior. 8. See guide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for well-conducted

Historical Examples of well-conducted

  • 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?

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

  • There was not a trace of the well-conducted post of a short time before.

    Tenting on the Plains

    Elizabeth B. Custer

British Dictionary definitions for well-conducted


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


noun (ˈkɒndʌkt)
  1. the manner in which a person behaves; behaviour
  2. the way of managing a business, affair, etc; handling
  3. rare the act of guiding or leading
  4. rare a guide or leader
verb (kənˈdʌkt)
  1. (tr) to accompany and guide (people, a party, etc) (esp in the phrase conducted tour)
  2. (tr) to lead or direct (affairs, business, etc); control
  3. (tr) to do or carry outconduct a survey
  4. (tr) to behave or manage (oneself)the child conducted himself well
  5. to control or guide (an orchestra, choir, etc) by the movements of the hands or a batonAlso (esp US): direct
  6. to transmit (heat, electricity, etc)metals conduct heat
Derived Formsconductible, adjectiveconductibility, noun

Word Origin for conduct

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

well-conducted in Medicine


  1. To act as a medium for conveying something such as heat or electricity.
  1. The way a person acts, especially from the standpoint of morality.
Related formscon•ductive adj.
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