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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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Foster said his knowledge of the knuckleball — next to nothing — is indicative of its increasing rarity. Matthew Gutierrez, The Denver Post, "The knuckleball is quickly going extinct in MLB," 15 Aug. 2019 City's second goal is indicative of this level of counter-attacking brilliance, with an error in attack from West Ham allowing the visitors to transition vertically up field with speed., "West Ham 0-5 Man City: 4 Tactical Learnings From Pep Guardiola's Opening Day Masterclass," 11 Aug. 2019 During his official encounters Günther’s statements were indicative of the German approach. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 2019 But Mayfield’s remarks were indicative of how the organization felt about Johnson. Mary Kay Cabot,, "It was over for Duke Johnson here the moment Baker Mayfield called him out: Mary Kay Cabot," 8 Aug. 2019 That was indicative of a larger trend: Trump’s DHS cut funding for anti-extremist groups from $21 million in President Obama’s last year to just $3 million for 2017. Alex Ward, Vox, "Buttigieg’s plan to combat domestic terrorism," 7 Aug. 2019 One-on-one drills are not always indicative of the way a player would handle a block in a game; offensive linemen often use those daily drills to work on specific pieces of technique. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts camp observations: Indianapolis front seven wreaks havoc," 3 Aug. 2019 But some research has found that when people with BII phobia are shown an image intended to stimulate their fear, their bodies respond in ways that can be indicative of disgust. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "Is Trypophobia Really a Fear of Holes or Something Else Entirely?," 26 July 2019 These numbers, which are indicative of an industry battle between pay-TV providers and programmers, were released this week by the American Television Alliance (ATVA). Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "TV blackouts hit record high as customers get screwed by industry squabbles," 24 July 2019

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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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The first known use of indicative was in the 15th century

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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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