in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən \

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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indicational \ˌin-​də-​ˈkā-​shnəl, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for indication


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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There’s no indication what the Backyard prototype—reportedly in development—will look like. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Is Airbnb’s next move building houses?," 29 Nov. 2018 There were indications late Thursday that other crucial senators remained undecided. Gregg Re, Fox News, "After tumultuous Kavanaugh hearing, swing-vote senators weigh judge's fate: 'It's a tough one'," 1 Oct. 2018 There are indications that El Nino will form this year, which Welsh said would likely result in drier conditions in the area. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC hits 100 degrees for first time in years, but cooler temps coming, meteorologist says," 12 July 2018 There’s no indication that the Orioles would be willing to move a controllable starting pitcher like Gausman, who appears to be a big part of the team’s future, especially to a division rival. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Yankees have inquired about trading for Manny Machado, but offer has not yet been made," 9 July 2018 There are indications that this is already happening. NBC News, "Trade war threatens continued job growth, economists say," 6 July 2018 Chris Van Gorder, Scripps Health YES: Longer-term rates haven’t risen much relative to short-term rates, an indication that bond investors believe the economy is weakening. Phillip Molnar,, "Is a flattening yield curve a sign of a coming recession?," 6 July 2018 That apparently will continue to be the case since neither side seems to show any indication of altering their position anytime soon. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "In wake of feud with Cubs, Sammy Sosa remains adamant about not using PEDs," 28 June 2018 Based on indications that Apep is a bit under 8,000 light years away, measurements indicate the dust is moving at about 570 kilometers a second. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists spot two massive stars creating a pinwheel of dust," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of indication

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

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English Language Learners Definition of indication

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


in·​di·​ca·​tion | \ˌin-də-ˈkā-shən \

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.


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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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to make faulty or ineffective

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