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


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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If their excitement for this year's Met Gala is any indication, there will likely be many more to come. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Attended Their First Met Gala as a Couple," 7 May 2019 There are also indications that portions of the season may take place in the U.S., with Michael, who was sent to deal with the family's interests Stateside in season 4. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Peaky Blinders Season 5: Everything We Know So Far," 7 Apr. 2019 So those are really clear indications of the quality of your job market of the future. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Big data could ‘stop famines from ever happening again,’ says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim," 24 Sep. 2018 There are indications that women with Parkinson’s are more likely than men to also suffer from diabetes, stroke, arthritis, and other conditions that may or may not have anything to do with Parkinson’s, Willis said. Terri Akman,, "Parkinson's Disease may affect women differently. These researchers aim to find out why," 12 July 2018 While most of the Orioles’ intentions at this deadline are transparent, there’s been little indications whether their plans to sell extend to players in that club-control middle ground that Gausman and Bundy live in. Jon Meoli,, "Before long, Orioles' uncertain future will drag top arms Gausman, Bundy into rebuild conversation," 5 July 2018 Financial Times North Korea There are yet more indications that North Korea is stepping up its nuclear activities rather than winding them down. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Hello AMLO, EU Retaliation, Stocks Stumble: CEO Daily for July 2, 2018," 2 July 2018 There were no immediate indications on Tuesday that the archbishop would resign. Adam Baidawi, New York Times, "Archbishop Philip Wilson Is Sentenced for Sexual Abuse Cover-Up in Australia," 2 July 2018 There are indications that the high on Sunday could push 100 degrees in some towns with the Apparent Temperature near 110 degrees. Gary Lessor,, "Tuesday Sunny, Low Humidity With Wednesday Close To The Same," 25 June 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 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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