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indicative

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

Simple Definition of indicative

  • : 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. 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. 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>



15th Century

First Known Use of indicative

15th century

Rhymes with indicative


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indicative

noun in·dic·a·tive

Definition of indicative

  1. 1 :  the indicative mood of a language

  2. 2 :  a form in the indicative mood



1530

First Known Use of indicative

1530

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INDICATIVE Defined for Kids

indicative

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

Definition of indicative

  1. 1 :  pointing out or showing something <Fever is indicative of illness.>

  2. 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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