Is there a word that means that something is able to be conducted, like heat or electricity, but more generally/in a metaphorical sense? "Conductible" means "able to conduct" which is counter intuitive.

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    I agree that it would perhaps be more intuitive if "conductible" meant "able to be conducted" especially since we have the word "conducive" to describe something that is "able to conduct," but nobody claimed that the English language was entirely intuitive. – geekahedron May 24 '19 at 15:48
  • What sense (or senses) of conduct are you concerned with? You mention heat and electricity (which is specific), but you then add generally and metaphorically. What is it that you're trying to express? Please provide a definition of your use of the word, as well as one or more example sentences with spaces where the word would fit. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica May 24 '19 at 15:52
  • He's a great musician, but he is so smug he never listens to anyone. He's perfect for solo gigs, but don't put him in an orchestra- he's just not conductible. – Jim May 24 '19 at 16:29
  • The only definition of conductible I've found is capable of being conducted {Wordwebonline.com}. I suspect OED will endorse this sense (and probably the one you mention also). – Edwin Ashworth May 24 '19 at 16:37
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    Jake: fluid? We need a sentence showing how you want to use the word -- especially because you want metaphorical. – aparente001 May 24 '19 at 16:52

You could use "transmissible" or "transmittable"

transmit verb
1a : to send or convey from one person or place to another : FORWARD b : to cause or allow to spread: such as (1) : to convey by or as if by inheritance or heredity : HAND DOWN (2) : to convey (infection) abroad or to another


It does have a connotation of referring to disease, though.

Other words to consider would be "conveyable" and "mobile".


It's not an exact synonym, but heat and electricity are both said to be "transferable" (which also works in a general or metaphorical sense).

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