con·​duc·​tive | \kən-ˈdək-tiv \

Definition of conductive 

: having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)

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For Pyeongchang this year, where the temperatures dropped into the low double digits, Lauren’s red, white and blue parkas had wearable heating components—printed in silver conductive ink in the shape of the American flag. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Ralph Lauren Wants People to Feel Good About Their Country," 7 Nov. 2018 Graphene is flexible, transparent, highly electrically conductive and stronger than steel. Erika Hayasaki, Newsweek, "Kanzius Cancer Machine Gets Its First Human Trial," 21 July 2015 Copper is so conductive that the rim of the pan is exactly as hot as the bottom, which allows you to cook more efficiently. David Bouley, Town & Country, "Top 5 Kitchen Essentials: From the Steals to the Stratospheric," 23 Feb. 2016 Earlier experiments by other groups had produced conductive water that could have been superionic, but those scientists could not determine if the current were carried by ions and not electrons. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’," 5 Feb. 2018 Under the technicians’ feet, an electrically conductive grounding mat defined the workspace. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s All-Electric Effort to Climb Out of Its P.R. Hole," 4 July 2018 To create the high-tech surface, Zhang and his colleagues applied painter’s tape in a lattice pattern to a 12-by-eight-foot wall, then coated it with commercially available conductive nickel paint. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "How to Convert Your Wall into a Giant Touch Screen," 1 June 2018 The researchers used special conductive paint containing nickel, applied in grid, to create electrodes on the wall. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Conductive Paint Turns Walls Into Giant Touchscreens," 30 Apr. 2018 One of his thoughts is to make conductive threads that could form part of electrical circuits woven into clothing. The Economist, "Making medical clothing that kills bugs," 28 June 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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con·​duc·​tive | \-ˈdək-tiv \

Medical Definition of conductive 

1 : having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)

2 : caused by failure in the mechanisms for sound transmission in the external or middle ear conductive hearing loss

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to make faulty or ineffective

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