con·​duc·​tive kən-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce conductive (audio)
: having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers believe the conductive material could be used for sensors that tell you when food is no longer fresh and even whether harmful bacteria are present. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 13 Aug. 2018 People have successfully created a connection between the two by using small rockets to shoot conductive cables to the heights where the charges were. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 16 Jan. 2023 Sharks have clusters of pores on their heads, called ampullae of Lorenzini, which are filled with electrically conductive jelly. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 15 May 2021 Gloves with this function utilize conductive elements in the fingertips but may not work if your phone or touchscreen device uses a thick glass screen protector, which can be an insulator. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 4 Jan. 2023 But since then, researchers have melted ultramafic rocks, which are rich in iron and magnesium and are highly conductive. Patrick Morgan, Discover Magazine, 15 May 2011 The device, called a liquid metal thermal interface, uses a highly conductive liquid metal to transfer heat away. Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2010 Park says his ultimate goal is to add conductive materials to the patterns so they can be read electrically, generally a simpler process than analyzing a photo of a pattern. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, 3 July 2017 There was a period, some 20 years or so ago, when manufacturers replaced carbon black, a very conductive material used to stiffen rubber tires, with a different stiffener called silica. Ray Magliotti, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


earlier, "having the property of conducting or the ability to conduct or lead," from conduct entry 1 + -ive

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conductive was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Conductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​duc·​tive kən-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce conductive (audio)
: having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)

Medical Definition


con·​duc·​tive -ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce conductive (audio)
: having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)
: caused by failure in the mechanisms for sound transmission in the external or middle ear
conductive hearing loss
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