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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This luxury photo shoot is just the latest indication that Pip's star is on the rise. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close and Her Dog Pip Just Did a Photo Shoot for Stella McCartney," 7 Mar. 2019 The end of the hat ban may be the first indication—the first drops of water from that big blue wave!—that will soon wash over Washington, a welcome celebration of our individuality and our diversity. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Ilhan Omar Is Poised to Be the First Muslim Woman to Wear a Hijab in Congress Tomorrow," 2 Jan. 2019 Cornyn: That is certainly a strong indication that people are going to testify truthfully. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A Republican senator unwittingly exposed the double standard facing Christine Blasey Ford," 27 Sep. 2018 The first indication of whether Maryland will be affected by the publicity resulting from the subpoenas will come in recruiting. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Uncertainty for Maryland and college basketball after latest FBI-driven subpoenas," 7 July 2018 The first indication of the presence of West Nile virus in Lake County this year was found in a mosquito pool sampled late last month in Highland Park. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Highland Park area mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus," 3 July 2018 The Dodgers were a hit, though there was little indication of that going into 1988. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Bryan Cranston will narrate MLB Network documentary on 1988 World Series champion Dodgers," 30 June 2018 Flags, murals or kerbstone painting are sometimes the first visual indication of the border having been crossed. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 To work as intended, however, ratings must provide an accurate indication of how well workers conform to the behaviour that firms desire. The Economist, "User-rating systems are cut-rate substitutes for a skilful boss," 28 June 2018

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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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