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adjective in·dic·a·tive \in-ˈdi-kə-tiv\

: showing something : indicating something

grammar : of or relating to the verb form that is used to state a fact that can be known or proved

Full Definition of INDICATIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents the denoted act or state as an objective fact <the indicative mood>
2
:  serving to indicate <actions indicative of fear>
in·dic·a·tive·ly adverb

Examples of INDICATIVE

  1. In I walked to school, the verb walked is in the indicative mood.
  2. <a wide-eyed look that is indicative of his constant curiosity>

First Known Use of INDICATIVE

15th century

Rhymes with INDICATIVE

2indicative

noun

Definition of INDICATIVE

1
:  the indicative mood of a language
2
:  a form in the indicative mood

First Known Use of INDICATIVE

1530

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile
INDICATIVE Defined for Kids

indicative

adjective in·dic·a·tive \in-ˈdi-kə-tiv\

Definition of INDICATIVE for Kids

1
:  pointing out or showing something <Fever is indicative of illness.>
2
:  of or relating to the verb form that is used to state a fact that can be known or proved <In “I am here,” the verb “am” is in the indicative mood.>

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