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instructive

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adjective in·struc·tive \in-ˈstrək-tiv\

Simple Definition of instructive

  • : providing knowledge or information : helping to instruct someone

Full Definition of instructive

  1. :  carrying a lesson :  enlightening

in·struc·tive·ly adverb
in·struc·tive·ness noun

Examples of instructive

  1. an interesting and instructive lesson

  2. <an instructive demonstration of the proper way to pack a suitcase so your clothes don't arrive in a mess>



1611

First Known Use of instructive

1611


INSTRUCTIVE Defined for Kids

instructive

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adjective in·struc·tive \in-ˈstrək-tiv\

Definition of instructive

  1. :  helping to give knowledge or information <an instructive book>





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