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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

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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 These strategies likely will help, but one regional health expert says the rate of the virus’ spread within the Latino community is indicative of long-standing barriers to overall health. Kaitlin Bain, Houston Chronicle, "Virus strikes disproportionate blow in Beaumont Latino community," 13 July 2020 The university did not answer a question about whether the decision to sell the home was indicative of Dr. Turner’s status with the school. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU selling President Gerald Turner’s home for $3.15 million," 10 July 2020 The fundamental disagreement over this issue is indicative of the broader chasm between Lacey's approach to her job and the expectations of protesters. Stephanie Elam And Jason Kravarik, CNN, "Black Lives Matter's surprising target: Los Angeles County's first Black district attorney," 10 July 2020 The two actors continued down memory lane for a little bit, noting that Gossip Girl was indicative of its time. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Penn Badgley Just Told Some Funny Stories About When He and Blake Lively Dated," 30 June 2020 Smith and Lawrence play a pair of Miami narcotics detectives investigating a stash of seized mafia heroin that has been stolen from the police vault—indicative of an inside job. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Skip The Help. Celebrate Juneteenth by watching a few of these 25 films.," 19 June 2020 Scientists agree that the spike is indicative of a much bigger global warming trend. Daria Litvinova, Fox News, "The Arctic is on fire: Siberian heat wave alarms scientists," 25 June 2020 The events of recent weeks are indicative of larger problems, but correcting the record is a big part of our work of making BA a more inclusive publication. Joseph Hernandez, Bon Appétit, "Making Our Recipes Better," 22 June 2020 Jose Lira said that this case is indicative of California's struggle against mental health. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California police identify suspect in Paso Robles shooting as transient man with a history of mental illness," 12 June 2020

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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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27 Jul 2020

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“Indicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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