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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Neither of these attributes is conducive to strong private-sector investment. Joe Lieberman, STAT, 19 May 2022 Many tunnels, including the one announced Monday, are in San Diego's Otay Mesa industrial area, where clay-like soil is conducive to digging and warehouses provide cover. Elliot Spagat, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Jagger has explained that the vagueness of the raunchy subject matter made for a hodgepodge of inappropriate material that was conducive to a great rock & roll song. Derek Scancarelli,, 12 May 2022 Simply offering Silicon Valley-like office perks—kombucha or ball pits—are less attractive to workers than inclusive spaces that are conducive to getting work done. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 12 May 2022 The track is conducive to Rich Strike’s late-closing style. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Organizational health is about creating a culture and an atmosphere that is conducive to employees doing their best work. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Maximalism is not conducive to holding back, Trepte says. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2022 On the court, Nahiem’s skills are conducive to winning. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conducive

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conducive

conduce + -ive

Note: English derivatives with -ive are normally formed from the past participle of a Latin verb. The adjective conducive is an exception. Presumably this is the case because conduct entry 1 already existed as a verb, but it lacked an original sense of Latin condūcere, "to tend to support, be of advantage (to)"—so that conductive would not convey the right meaning. The alternative was to form an -ive adjective directly from the verb.

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“Conducive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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