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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Other Words from indication

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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Lawmakers have asked for Dorsey to appear before Congress, just one indication that social media companies are now in a post-2016, post-Cambridge Analytica regulatory environment. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 Previous research by the center has shown that in more than 80% of such incidents a bystander had an indication the perpetrator was planning an attack. Del Quentin Wilber, WSJ, "Secret Service Issues Guide Aimed at Preventing School Shootings," 12 July 2018 The shortest career currently is American Pharoah with 11 races, which is more an indication of how racing has evolved through the years than anything else. John Cherwa,, "Racing! CHRB ready to tackle Golden Gate issue," 12 July 2018 Yet this very mayor joined the Klan just a few years later, posing for a formal photograph with Klansmen and the chief of police — an indication of the Klan’s power to change minds, or to intimidate. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 In the first six months, German authorities decided on 125,190 applications, down nearly 70 percent from the same period of 2017, an indication that the backlog of cases is starting to be cleared. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 And the smaller number of houses on the market are also selling faster, an indication of the frantic pace of activity in the Charlotte's market. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Fast-rising home prices are driving buyers out of the Charlotte market," 10 July 2018 As of now, there’s no indication that the US has any plans to invade the Latin American country. Alex Ward, Vox, "We need to talk about the fact that Trump seriously considered invading Venezuela," 6 July 2018 The guidance lets companies disclose and discuss with payers certain categories of information, such as unapproved but clinically appropriate indications, pricing, and study results that before would have been considered off limits. John Osborn, STAT, "FDA allows off-label health care economic discussions. Is there more to come?," 29 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 \

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 \

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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