re·​sis·​tive ri-ˈzi-stiv How to pronounce resistive (audio)
: marked by resistance
often used in combination
fire-resistive material
resistively adverb
resistiveness noun

Examples of resistive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that scheme, the weights are encoded as conductance values in a resistive memory element (RRAM). IEEE Spectrum, 11 Oct. 2023 Because cartridges require an additional capacitive or resistive load to achieve ideal frequency response, Western Electric offers a variety of phono termination plugs to optimize MM and MC performance based on the cartridge manufacturer’s specification. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 18 June 2023 The coil springs act not only as a flexible slider but also as a resistive positional sensor. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Nov. 2020 Any microbes capable of producing some sort of resistive activity against these molds Hazen promptly mailed in mason jars to Rachel Fuller Brown, a biochemist based in Albany, New York. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 1 Sep. 2015 This helped achieve memristor endurances of about 5 million cycles of switching, roughly on par with existing resistive RAM and phase-change memories. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Apr. 2023 Inside the system, electrically powered resistive heating elements heat air to more than 600°C. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2022 Muscle hypertrophy occurs when the diameters of muscle fibers increase as a result of resistive training. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 Fire resistive exteriors support safety of the structure, as the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources team explains, but proximity carries intrinsic risks to people, pets and homes. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resistive was in 1603

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“Resistive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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