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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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 Judge Lynn Leibovitz, who has discussed the case with prosecutor Bonnie Lindemann, gave no indication that her office will try to transfer the 15-year-old's case to adult court, according to a report by the Washington Post. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "DC teenagers involved in armed carjacking get plea deal," 5 Apr. 2021 The prosecutor, Bonnie Lindemann, gave no indication that her office is contemplating an attempt to transfer the older girl’s case to adult court, as D.C. law would allow under certain circumstances. Washington Post, "Prosecutor to offer plea deals for girls, 13 and 15, accused in fatal D.C. carjacking," 31 Mar. 2021 In Seminole County, officials are ready to receive and administer more shots but have no indication from state and federal officials that additional supply is on its way. Kate Santich,, "All Florida adults are about to be eligible for vaccines. Are counties ready?," 26 Mar. 2021 President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels, who hired Woodward, gave every indication the club will very likely at least pick up the option, if not negotiate an extension. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Chris Woodward’s contract could make this season tenuous, but the Rangers’ Jon Daniels and Chris Young are his biggest believers," 20 Mar. 2021 The news release gave no indication of a program pause or shutdown, but the timing of the cancellation put Utah’s postseason in doubt. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah women’s hoops will play in Pac-12 Tournament after COVID scare, but will do so shorthanded," 1 Mar. 2021 Millsap gave no indication of any unhappiness with the organization in the interview with reporters that day. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Jazz say they will investigate allegation of bigoted comment," 26 Feb. 2021 But the report on Friday gave no indication that inflation was spinning out of control. New York Times, "Income and Spending Gains Are Latest Sign of Economic Recovery," 26 Feb. 2021 Shields gave no indication what caused the injury to her femur, or thigh bone, the largest bone in the human body. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Brooke Shields broke her femur, shares recovery video learning to walk again: 'Beginning to mend'," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of indication

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

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10 Apr 2021

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“Indication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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