indication

noun
in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce indication (audio) \

Definition of indication

1a : something that serves to indicate
b : something that is indicated as advisable or necessary
2 : the action of indicating

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Other Words from indication

indicational \ ˌin-​də-​ˈkā-​shnəl How to pronounce indicational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for indication

Synonyms

clue, cue, hint, inkling, intimation, lead, suggestion

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Examples of indication in a Sentence

Her evaluation will give me a good indication of where I stand in the class. There were indications that he was thinking of changing jobs.

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The source added that there is absolutely no indication that these missiles came from a southern area and especially not one as far as Yemen. Tim Lister And Nic Robertson, CNN, "Source: 'High probability' Saudi attack launched from Iranian base near Iraq," 17 Sep. 2019 All indications are the boat in question, the Conception, was in compliance with safety regulations, having passed a Coast Guard inspection in February. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Charges in California boat fire may hinge on 1838 law. Here's why," 11 Sep. 2019 If Brown is green-lighted to play, and all indications are that’s the way the organization was going to go, Oakland’s offense should be much better. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 7 Sep. 2019 By all indications, that was not a Heat consideration, since they certainly were positioned to either draft him at No. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Will hindsight create an Okpala-vs.-Bol Bol comparison for Heat?," 5 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, all indications are that the Rockies’ truest, and widest, playoff window will be the 2021 season. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Why the 2021 season will be the Rockies’ truest — and widest — playoff window," 20 Aug. 2019 Generally speaking, fossil fuel production produces heavier methane and biogenic sources produce lighter methane, so researchers have taken the trend as an indication that the recent spike is mostly biogenic in origin. David Roberts, Vox, "Fracking may be a bigger climate problem than we thought," 16 Aug. 2019 All indications show that the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union will be economically disastrous for the border region, and Derry is a border city. Susan Mckay, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of Lyra McKee," 26 July 2019 No national statistics are available on the racial breakdown of Americans wearing ankle monitors, but all indications suggest that mass supervision, like mass incarceration, disproportionately affects black people. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of indication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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indication

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indication

: something (such as a sign or signal) that points out or shows something

indication

noun
in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce indication (audio) \

Kids Definition of indication

1 : the act of pointing out or stating briefly
2 : something that points out or suggests something Warm weather is an indication of spring.

indication

noun
in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce indication (audio) \

Medical Definition of indication

1a : a symptom or particular circumstance that indicates the advisability or necessity of a specific medical treatment or procedure postpartum hemorrhage is the chief indication for the use of ergot preparations and derivatives— C. H. Thienes
b : something that is indicated as advisable or necessary in case of collapse the immediate indication is artificial respirationJournal of the American Medical Association
2 : the degree indicated in a specific instance or at a specific time on a graduated physical instrument (as a thermometer)

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