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

Other Words from indication

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet in the hard-line Iranian echo chamber, the war is another indication of the cost of trusting America. Reuel Marc Gerecht And Ray Takeyh, WSJ, 12 May 2022 In another indication of the shift in the political mood, the German Parliament agreed in April to provide lethal weapons and defense systems to Ukraine, overcoming Germans’ post-World War II reluctance to getting involved in armed conflicts. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Another indication that this isn’t business as usual at Netflix anymore is the fact that the streamer is letting go of some of its biggest licensed shows, like Downton Abbey and Schitt’s Creek. Andy Meek, BGR, 3 May 2022 Fernando’s arrival is another strong indication that the German is now headed to Dortmund. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 But with CEOs often now brought down by their actions, today’s fines are another indication that major public figures can no longer so easily flout rules with impunity. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2022 The Mediapro Studio’s latest sales details are also yet another indication of how geographical and language-targeted pay and global platform deals are driving so much of open market sales business for big independent players. John Hopewell, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 The obvious lack of ground clearance is another clear indication this is a car designed for road, not trail. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 5 Apr. 2022 For the second year in a row, China will not air the Oscars in another indication of the growing difficulties U.S. entertainment companies face in the world’s largest theatrical movie market. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indication

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

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“Indication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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