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


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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The notification comes as a federal grand jury investigating McCabe was suddenly recalled this week after a months-long hiatus - an indication its members would likely be asked soon to consider bringing charges. Anchorage Daily News, "Justice Department authorizes prosecutors to charge former acting FBI director," 12 Sep. 2019 That’s an indication that sharp money has hammered Tulane. Christopher Smith, al, "Week 2 SEC football betting preview," 7 Sep. 2019 There is also some indication that Johnson will be able to capitalize on his country’s continued appetite for Brexit. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "Boris Johnson Goes for Broke," 6 Sep. 2019 Case Keenum is effectively Washington’s No. 4 choice at quarterback and there’s no indication that he’s taken to Jay Gruden’s system. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Dieter’s NFL betting guide: In-depth analysis and picks of every Week 1 game," 6 Sep. 2019 There is unfortunately no proposed, clear branding indication, such as a change in the physical port color for higher-speed connections. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "USB4 is coming soon and will (mostly) unify USB and Thunderbolt," 5 Sep. 2019 The system, called Aristo, is an indication that in just the past several months researchers have made significant progress in developing A.I. that can understand languages and mimic the logic and decision-making of humans. Cade Metz, New York Times, "A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test," 4 Sep. 2019 But Soundgarden shows no indication of backing down. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Soundgarden Hits Back at Universal Music Group, Demanding Proof Masters Weren't Lost in 2008 Fire," 4 Sep. 2019 Now, researchers at Caltech identified a new type of mineral—never before seen occur naturally—in the meteorite, an indication that the rare meteorite came from the core of a planet that blew apart. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Could This New Mineral Be From a Destroyed Planet’s Core?," 4 Sep. 2019

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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 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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concealment of treason or felony

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