con·​du·​cive | \ kən-ˈdü-siv How to pronounce conducive (audio) , -ˈdyü- \

Definition of conducive

: tending to promote or assist an atmosphere conducive to education

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conduciveness noun

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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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Another option is a fleece robe with a shorter hem, which is more conducive to warm weather wear. Sian Babish,, "The best men’s fleece robe," 30 Mar. 2021 Which conference is more conducive to Pope winning a league title right now, the WCC or the Pac-12? Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "It’s unclear if there’s a frontrunner for the Utah basketball job, but there are candidates that make sense," 22 Mar. 2021 This will produce a temperature profile from the ground up to where the clouds are that is more conducive to sleet or freezing rain rather than snow. Dave Epsein,, "Two storms this week will impact travel," 14 Feb. 2021 Better air filtration and surfaces that are more conducive to cleaning could keep viruses from spreading in schools and offices. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "It's a Big Year for ‘Clean Tech’ at CES," 12 Jan. 2021 There could be something about the bright lights and royal treatment in The League that isn’t conducive to returning to a job that demands you flatter 18-year-olds. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Would a promising basketball coach with options want to coach at UC?," 12 Apr. 2021 Their business model is typically conducive to smaller overhead. Sara Steever, Forbes, "Independent Seed Companies Deliver Big Harvest When It Comes To Marketing Insights," 12 Apr. 2021 Low-frequency sounds, like a running river, are thought to be more conducive to sleep than white noise, such as radio static, and have been shown to help relax the mind, says Gamaldo. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Expert Guide To Finally Getting a Good Night's Sleep," 9 Apr. 2021 Avoiding tight clothes or non-breathable fabrics is one way to reduce both friction and sweat, which are conducive to microbial growth. Noël Duan, Allure, "The 11 Best Clothing Brands for Super-Sensitive Skin," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of conducive

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conducive

see conduce

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The first known use of conducive was in 1646

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28 Apr 2021

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“Conducive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conducive

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

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