con·​du·​cive | \kən-ˈdü-siv, -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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The Post reported that the increase could be due in part to climate change and warming waters that are conducive to algae growth. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Florida’s Red Tide is Killing Hundreds of Sea Animals," 16 Aug. 2018 College sports are especially un-conducive to market principles. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "How to Pay College Athletes Without Ruining NCAA Sports," 31 Mar. 2018 However, environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and forecasters said a tropical depression could form this weekend over the eastern or central Gulf of Mexico. Carlie Kollath Wells,, "Tropical depression has 60 percent chance of developing in Gulf this week, hurricane forecasters say," 23 May 2018 This act aligns with ongoing CMS efforts to streamline the Medicare enrollment system and better align the needs of Medicare and Medicaid by making this system more conducive for state use. Nick Manetto, STAT, "Medicaid’s unnecessary barriers delay care for children with complex needs," 1 May 2018 Members and ex-members say a strict culture that reveres church authorities as nearly unquestionable has led to an environment conducive to ongoing abuse. Sarah Smith, star-telegram, "Fundamentalist Baptist pastor arrested on charges he failed to report child abuse | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 3 Apr. 2018 Gray noted that a portion of the Euclid Creek Reservation Metropark is located in South Euclid and that its environs are more conducive to wildlife than are the city's neighborhoods. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "South Euclid Councilwoman seeks way to manage deer population; Lyndhurst again has permit to cull," 9 Jan. 2018 One longstanding theory posits that the stripes are actually conducive to keeping zebras cool. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 Photo: iStock/Getty Images Interestingly, economic freedom is most conducive to press freedom in poorer parts of the world. Kevin Brookes, WSJ, "Freer Markets, Freer Media," 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

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

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