indicative


1in·dic·a·tive

adjective \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

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