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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The scale and the speed of China’s economic transformation were conducive to a fictive mode that concerns itself with the fate of whole societies, planets, and galaxies, and in which individuals are presented as cogs in larger systems. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 If Irving believes Brooklyn offers him a more conducive atmosphere because the Nets wouldn’t be favored to win the East with him anyway, then so be it. Gary Washburn,, "Anthony Davis is off the market, so the Celtics must find a new path forward," 16 June 2019 If climatic conditions are conducive to ice growing, ice will grow. National Geographic, "Beneath the Ice: Talking Glaciers with M Jackson," 12 June 2019 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

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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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