Definition of conducive
: tending to promote or assist an atmosphere conducive to education
Examples of conducive in a Sentence
… 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
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
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
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
the claim that the state's long-standing antitax attitude is conducive to entrepreneurship
the noisy environment of the dorms was not very conducive to studying
Recent Examples of conducive from the Web
Gibson said putting animals down is a last resort — done primarily only to animals that are sick, injured or aggressive and not conducive to adoption.
Both strategies have their risks, yet the former seems more conducive to enticing the NHL and NBA.
The higher risk is actually much farther north in New England, where the atmosphere is more conducive.
The other element is that a player's style is not deemed conducive to the current state of the game, such as a post-up power forward.
There's a good deal of evidence that engagement, rather than isolation, is conducive to longevity.
This position is not conducive to any interference from a cuddling partner.
That will allow the shelter to house most of its cats in a colony setting with air conditioning and heat and not in cages, which also is more conducive to adoption of animals.
Especially given that—unlike her literary counterpart—Mary gave birth to a daughter, and a baby isn’t the most conducive element to the adventures of two freewheeling bachelors.
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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
First Known Use: 1646
CONDUCIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conducive for English Language Learners
: making it easy, possible, or likely for something to happen or exist
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