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 There is no indication that the information had been downloaded before the app was fixed, but Likud prepared for the possibility that information could have been released. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Election app possibly exposed 'treasure trove' of personal data from every Israeli voter," 10 Feb. 2020 Kelley is distracted by a lizard, which should give you an indication of how this goes. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelor' recap: Peter cuts six women amid intensifying Alayah, Kelsey drama," 4 Feb. 2020 The Chinese retreat has been the most wrenching and least likely to turn around soon, since Chinese policy makers have given little indication of loosening capital controls. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Chinese Lead Foreign Selling of U.S. Commercial Property," 4 Feb. 2020 There is no indication that any of that was done here. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "Who Needs the Russians?," 4 Feb. 2020 There are no indications of a change of tack from the Lagos government yet despite its mega-city ambitions often coming at the expense of the poor. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s largest city has a habit of kicking out its poor to make room for the rich," 31 Jan. 2020 With fullback Patrick Ricard and Ingram in the backfield with Jackson, and only Brown split out wide, the Ravens were giving every indication that a run was imminent. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: With the NFL’s top ground game and tight end group, play-action’s always a good idea," 13 Nov. 2019 And if similar past epidemics are any indication, a long-term ban could do more harm than good. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Stop Coronaviruses," 29 Jan. 2020 To date there is no indication anyone who was in contact with the man in Washington has become ill, Messonnier said. Helen Branswell, STAT, "CDC reports second U.S. case of novel virus spreading in China," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of indication

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

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Cite this Entry

“Indication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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