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-​sh(ə-​)nəl How to pronounce indication (audio) \ 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 That being said, the department’s repeated negative tests in those key neighborhoods are a clear indication that lifting the boil water advisory was appropriate, Kjellerup said. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 20 Sep. 2022 That development seems to be a clear indication that evidence shows Valieva was found to have committed a doping violation, U.S. Anti-Doping CEO Travis Tygart said Thursday. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2022 Pfeiffer said that is a strong indication the standard staff secretary processes were still in place for at least some time while Trump was in office, even if they weren’t followed. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 In a possible indication of what's the come, one image features a dark blue baby romper bearing the logo of the Detroit Lions. Amethyst Tate, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2022 The coming shows, of course, beg the question of which fashion trends will be set to dominate next spring, and some of the trends on the rise may already be a strong indication. Jamila Stewart, Essence, 1 Sep. 2022 But after working through a weather delay and a brief indication of a hydrogen leak, trouble cooling one of the rocket's main engines forced managers to call off the countdown. William Harwood, CBS News, 29 Aug. 2022 The Rose Bowl was obviously a great indication that he could be used in exactly that capacity. Stephen Means, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2022 Of course, past performance is not a reliable indication of what will happen in the future. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indication

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

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“Indication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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