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

Definition of indicative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : serving to indicate actions indicative of fear



Definition of indicative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from indicative


indicatively adverb

Examples of indicative in a Sentence


In “I walked to school,” the verb walked is in the indicative mood. a wide-eyed look that is indicative of his constant curiosity

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Price Change: +2m After an 185 point season, with one goal, 13 assists and 16 clean sheets, the Liverpool full-back has jumped from £5m to £7m - a huge price for a defender, but indicative of how impressive Alexander-Arnold was last season., "Fantasy Football: The 10 Biggest Prices Changes Ahead of the 2019/20 Premier LeagueSeason," 3 July 2019 The biggest catch about the Super line is that this is in no way indicative of a new or more efficient process. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia refreshes RTX line: “Super” GPUs add performance at same MSRP," 2 July 2019 Harris’s vacillations seem indicative of the risks for candidates who are looking to match Sanders’s clarity of rhetoric, without a full commitment to substance. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "The Democratic Divide on the Future of Health Care," 28 June 2019 While Goldberg and Thorne’s exchange seems intimate, their fight is actually indicative of something that’s more than just personal. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Bella Thorne and Whoopi Goldberg’s fight over nude photos is bigger than both of them," 21 June 2019 The Pernoi preview dinner with wine came in just under that at $250 — a rate that may not be exactly reflective of the price points when the restaurant gets up and running in Birmingham, but at least roughly indicative of what to expect. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "An early taste of Pernoi, one of metro Detroit's most anticipated restaurants ever," 19 June 2019 The manager left the conversation confident the sequence was not indicative of a greater problem but an example of guardedness Altuve will have to overcome. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' José Altuve set to return to lineup Wednesday," 19 June 2019 Chinese officials have been adamant that last month’s regulatory takeover of Baoshang Bank, a small lender in northern China, was an isolated case and not indicative of broader problems at small banks. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Small Banks Run Into More Trouble," 12 June 2019 The last-minute postponement of plans for the vaunted two-plus-two summit seems indicative of that. The Economist, "The Indian-American underachiever," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of indicative


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of indicative

formal : showing something : indicating something
grammar : of or relating to the verb form that is used to state a fact that can be known or proved


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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