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conducive

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adjective con·du·cive \kən-ˈdü-siv, -ˈdyü-\

Simple Definition of conducive

  • : making it easy, possible, or likely for something to happen or exist

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of conducive

  1. :  tending to promote or assist <an atmosphere conducive to education>

conduciveness

noun

Examples of conducive in a sentence

  1. … air-conditioner cooling towers on the roof provided a conducive summertime abode, from which the germs circulated throughout the edifice in a fine infectious mist. —Wayne Biddle, A Field Guide to Germs, 1995

  2. To the extent to which the political realm is more conducive to rational choice, compared with the social realm which is governed by material and economic concerns, it is in politics that the potentiality for freedom lies. —Gertrude Himmelfarb, The New History and the Old, 1987

  3. It was a hard time, and not conducive to obedience and warmth, and fairly soon I was tucked into a kindly concentration camp for budding Christians … —M.F.K. Fisher, Journal of Gastronomy, Summer 1984

  4. The small hat of woven green plastic raffia, the jazzy short-sleeved shirt (fundamentally orange), the pale blue shorts, were not garments conducive to dignity. —A. N. Wilson, Scandal or Priscilla's Kindness, 1983

  5. <the claim that the state's long-standing antitax attitude is conducive to entrepreneurship>

  6. <the noisy environment of the dorms was not very conducive to studying>



Did You Know?

Something conducive "leads to" a desirable result. A cozy living room may be conducive to relaxed conversation, just as a boardroom may be conducive to more intense discussions. Particular tax policies are often conducive to savings and investment, whereas others are conducive to consumer spending. Notice that conducive is almost always followed by to.

Origin and Etymology of conducive

(see conduce)


First Known Use: 1646



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