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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This seems to Miss Manners to be a waste of everyone’s time — and conducive neither to getting work done nor to socializing. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: I’m a stay-at-home dad, and their remarks offend me," 5 June 2019 The plants placed in the table add a serene, natural element that is conducive for a relaxed environment. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Plants Grow Out of These Sleek Tables, and I’m Oddly into it," 12 Feb. 2019 Photo: Erin Lefevre for The Wall Street Journal The quiet oasis is conducive to reflection. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New Yorker Tours Times Square," 13 Nov. 2018 With Jackson, teams wonder as a running quarterback whether his body style is conducive to withstand hits at the NFL level. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "NFL draft: 2018 quarterback class not measuring up to 1983 comparisons," 23 Apr. 2018 China’s expansion has fueled demand from commodity exporters, and officials in the country have been trying to generate an environment conducive to stronger consumer spending. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Rise on Global Growth Concerns," 22 Jan. 2019 Environmental conditions are forecast to steadily become more conducive for development, and a subtropical or tropical depression or storm is likely to form by Saturday over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Carlie Kollath Wells,, "System nearing Gulf becomes better defined, likely to form depression by Saturday," 25 May 2018 Yemen’s rainy season is particularly conducive to cholera outbreaks, and last year’s was particularly bad. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Tracking Disease Outbreaks From Space—And Trying To Prevent the Next One," 30 Aug. 2018 Conceived by the architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, the building was designed with natural lighting specifically conducive to drawings. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "The Menil Drawing Institute in Houston Will Open in November," 1 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of conducive

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

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