in·dic·a·tive | \in-ˈdi-kə-tiv \

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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The actions of a few have impacted many and are not indicative of Fox Valley Mall as a whole. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Moms protest after security guard confronted mother who was breastfeeding at Fox Valley Mall," 15 July 2018 In a closed-door interview last month with members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Mr. Strzok said his text messages were simply communications between friends that weren’t indicative of the direction of the FBI’s work. Lalita Clozel, WSJ, "Giuliani Demands ‘Factual Basis’ for Mueller Probe Before Any Trump Interview," 8 July 2018 The stats were indicative of the responsibility Hudson’s position has in Brown’s scheme. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football commitment Joey Velazquez a fit in defensive scheme," 23 June 2018 The next four messages are indicative of people who vehemently disagreed with the piece. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: The Longest Clapback Ever," 22 June 2018 Just as Lonzo Ball’s impressive showing in Summer League last year wasn’t indicative of a breakout rookie campaign, an objectively rough game in Summer League won’t be the undoing of Trae Young. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Trae Young got off to a dreadful start in his first NBA Summer League game," 2 July 2018 Amanda Clark Palmer [to Moriarty]: Detective Benton thought that that was indicative of premeditation of murder. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was alleged rape and shooting death investigation influenced by reality TV cameras?," 30 June 2018 Regulators want to ensure the accident is not indicative of a larger problem, such as possible design flaws in the new tugs, said Merrell. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "New tug and crew dents oil tanker, prompting reviews as Edison Chouest takes reins in Prince William Sound," 29 June 2018 The 45–42 final score from their playoff contest is not indicative of how totally in control the Jags were for more than three-and-a-half quarters of the game. Jonathan Jones,, "Predicting Every NFL Team’s 2018 Season Record," 7 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

: 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 \

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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