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 quick and slippery nature of grass makes it a treacherous surface—and therefore one that can be conducive to massive upsets. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "What the Men Can Learn From the Women at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 The zombie genre, conducive to parables about human flaws and their disturbing results, and to satisfying amounts of repulsiveness, has flourished in the past decade. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Jim Jarmusch Is Afraid of Cherubs and Abe Lincoln," 1 July 2019 In addition to exploring diverse locales, Dragonfly will simultaneously strive to identify large organic molecules conducive to creating the conditions necessary for life. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "NASA’s Dragonfly Mission Will Fly Through the Clouds of Titan, Saturn’s Biggest Moon," 28 June 2019 There is, or was, a great deal about gay culture that was not particularly nice, that was genuinely transgressive, that was not cute, that was no conducive to bachelorette parties, etc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Social-Media Censors vs. Gays," 26 June 2019 The conditions in the exclusion zone, where the dogs live, are not conducive to healthy or humane lives: Life expectancy for dogs born in the area was less than two years given the harsh conditions and lack of medical care, Hixson said. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Puppies and nuclear reactors: HBO series draws attention to stray dogs of Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 The shape of some makeup products, for example, isn't always universally conducive to being picked up or held. Marci Robin, Allure, "A New Makeup Brand Is Making Mascara Wands More Accessible for People With Disabilities," 22 Mar. 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of conducive

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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