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Definition of indicative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : serving to indicate actions indicative of fear
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents the denoted act or state as an objective fact the indicative mood



Definition of indicative (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the indicative mood of a language
2 : a form in the indicative mood

Other Words from indicative


indicatively adverb

Examples of indicative in a Sentence

Adjective In “I walked to school,” the verb walked is in the indicative mood. a wide-eyed look that is indicative of his constant curiosity
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Such stories are indicative of the Facebook group’s ambivalent impact, says Erik Agard, the crossword editor of USA Today and one of the directory’s co-founders. Matt Hartman, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 The title and position are indicative of the new attention movie studios, TV networks and advertisers are paying to cutting-edge ways of disseminating intellectual property to fans and consumers. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 When savers look at the list of 401k investment options, their eyes often find the mutual funds with the largest past performance, but past performance is not indicative of future results. Chris Carosa, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Njoku signed a four-year, $56.75-million deal last month, in a move the Browns hope is indicative of Njoku’s potential for future performance. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 30 July 2022 Lovullo is quick to point out the ERA isn't necessarily indicative of how a pitcher is faring in a league that is considered a hitter's league. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 23 July 2022 The low levels at Lake Mead are indicative of dangerously low levels throughout the entire Colorado River basin. New York Times, 22 July 2022 In deep-blue Prince George’s, winning the Democratic primary is often indicative of who will win the general election, although victors must compete with Republican nominees and any third-party candidates in the general election. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Heupel said the atmosphere at Neyland Stadium vs. Ole Miss was indicative of the fact that fans are excited about Volunteers football again. Creg Stephenson |, al, 21 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That includes on social media, where his posts are part public relations campaign, his relative ease on camera indicative of his many years under bright lights in a boxing ring. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Jones said that taking out a word or phrase indicative of prostitution didn’t change the fact that the overall ad was for prostitution. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 Sacrificing knowledge of a partner’s appearance, the reasoning goes, is an act indicative of an openhearted and honorable spirit. New York Times, 19 July 2021 Is Australia’s stumble indicative of bigger troubles to come? William Pesek, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Oregon also disclosed that 11.3% of the tests reported Tuesday were positive, an exceedingly high rate indicative of unchecked community spread. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 Google Trends is a helpful indicator of search volume for a specific phrase indicative of the demand for a product or service in the world. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Helix has analyzed nearly half a million positive samples for an anomaly indicative of the B.1.1.7 variant. Scott Reinhard, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 The earlier excavation was done in an area identified by ground-penetrating radar scans as appearing to be a human-dug pit indicative of a mass grave. NBC News, 19 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of indicative


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·​dic·​a·​tive | \ in-ˈdi-kə-tiv How to pronounce indicative (audio) \

Kids Definition of indicative

1 : pointing out or showing something Fever is indicative of illness.
2 : of or relating to the verb form that is used to state a fact that can be known or proved In "I am here," the verb "am" is in the indicative mood.

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