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

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 While lawmakers of both parties have been openly critical of Apple, there is little indication of broad bipartisan interest in mandating government access to encrypted communications. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Barr’s Encryption Push Is Decades in the Making, but Troubles Some at FBI," 17 Jan. 2020 When Victor Carrelli told Unsolved Mysteries that -- Victor Carrelli: No one ever gave us any indication or reason to believe that foul play may have occurred., "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 6: Last day laid bare," 14 Jan. 2020 An information is generally an indication of a looming guilty plea. Washington Post, "Mueller probe witness considers child sex trafficking plea," 10 Jan. 2020 Officials said there's no indication of any casualties. Anna Gunther, CBS News, "Photo shows Trump in the Situation Room the night of Iran missile attacks," 8 Jan. 2020 For a black woman, having her natural hair perceived as beautiful means that her kinky curls are not an indication of her being unprofessional. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 There was no indication of weakening support among the dozens of governments that recognized Guaidó as Venezuela's rightful leader. Fox News, "Venezuela's Guaidó blocked from congressional session as rivals declare substitute leader," 6 Jan. 2020 The outpouring of support is an indication of the positive way that each girl lived their lives. Carol Robinson |, al, "Christmas deaths of 3 teens rock tiny Alabama town: ‘This isn’t supposed to happen to us’," 27 Dec. 2019 The Los Angeles County coroner's office will determine the cause of death, but officials said there was no indication of foul play, according to ABC-7. Deanna Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Delta flight rerouted after child suffers a medical emergency and dies," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of indication

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

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Indication.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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