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 indication (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Images showed armored people inside the Capitol brandishing plastic bands used to cuff prisoners - an indication, Hoffman said, that some intended to take lawmakers hostage. Author: Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe, Razzan Nakhlawi, Anchorage Daily News, "A mob insurrection stoked by false claims of election fraud and promises of violent restoration," 10 Jan. 2021 The drop in credit card use was an indication consumers remain cautious about spending amid a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Martin Crutsinger, ajc, "US consumer credit up 4.4% in November, best in 5 months," 8 Jan. 2021 There is little indication from many labor or district officials that the vaccine will be a game changer in terms of reopening many of the public schools that have remained closed to students since March. Jill Tucker,, "Moving California teachers to the front of the vaccine line might not be enough to reopen schools," 7 Jan. 2021 But maybe that’s more of an indication of Ford’s efficiency than customer disinterest. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla Cybertruck, Ford Bronco, Jeep Wagoneer among 2021's most anticipated new vehicles," 1 Jan. 2021 California on Wednesday announced the nation’s second confirmed case of the new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus, offering a strong indication that the infection is spreading more widely in the United States. Time, "California Has the Second Confirmed Case of the Coronavirus Variant in the U.S.," 31 Dec. 2020 The bill from Korman and McCray has been given the designation as House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 2, a symbolic indication that General Assembly leaders see the legislation as among their priorities for the annual session that begins Jan. 13. Pamela Wood,, "State lawmakers seek to reform Maryland Environmental Service after revelations of lavish spending," 30 Dec. 2020 The Europeans’ decision to overlook objections from the Biden camp was an indication that relations with the United States will not automatically snap back to the relative bonhomie that prevailed during the Obama administration. New York Times, "China and E.U. Leaders Strike Investment Deal, but Political Hurdles Await," 30 Dec. 2020 Palm oil is estimated to be used in nearly half of items on grocery store shelves, an indication the new ban could affect manufacturers of food and personal care items that rely on it. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "US blocks $50M in imports made from forced labor and may do even more under Biden," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of indication

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

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Indication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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 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.


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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