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 drug is approved for 19 indications, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney disease. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Mallinckrodt paid 'kickbacks' to keep drug price high, and stuck taxpayers with bill, DOJ lawsuit says," 5 June 2019 Design by Morgan McMullen If the #ReadWithMC reviews are any indication, Anissa Gray's debut novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, will land on plenty of best books of the year lists. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls' Is a Stunning Debut From Anissa Gray," 1 Apr. 2019 Recent shows have been set at Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts, but de Libran presented Fall 2019 in a showroom earlier this month, an early indication, perhaps, of today’s news. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Julie de Libran Exits Sonia Rykiel After Five Years as Artistic Director," 14 Mar. 2019 Formal scientific evidence for such claims is limited, but there is no indication the practice can hurt, said Chicago’s Levy. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez can throw with either hand. What does that say about his brain?," 3 July 2018 Every indication pointed to Holiday coming off the board earlier. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Steve Alford on Indiana Pacers drafting Aaron Holiday: ‘We thought he would be gone by then’," 25 June 2018 So far, there’s no indication that federal immigration authorities will take them up on the offer. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire," 22 June 2018 And there’s no indication that this obsession with all-things-retro is changing anytime soon: Consider the latest return to tie-dye prints made iconic in the ‘60s or to more relaxed denim silhouettes like those worn by supermodels in the ‘90s. Glamour, "These Are the 2019 Fashion Trends Actually Worth Investing In," 26 Apr. 2019 And maybe another indication that having a kid is still a very theoretical prospect for me. Alyssa Mastromonaco, Marie Claire, "Alyssa Mastromonaco Explores Her Non-Decision to Not Have Kids," 5 Mar. 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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