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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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 essence of the waterfall is still there, despite decades of change, which is also indicative of personality traits and behaviors within humans. Michael Livingston,, "Gallery exhibit at Glendale library explores themes of mobility," 6 July 2018 His first sobriquet was Prince Cartier, a twist on his last name, but also indicative of a budding interest in fashion and luxury brands. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Playboi Carti Conquers the Paris Runway," 29 June 2018 Social media posts by Officer Andrade were also indicative of racial insensitivity. Michael Mccann,, "Inside Sterling Brown’s compelling lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department and City of Milwaukee," 19 June 2018 But what struck my daughter the most was the contrast of the two Daniel Tigers, which is also indicative of the shows' differences. David G. Allan, CNN, "Mister Rogers, television's polite radical," 8 June 2018 These two losses, so close together, seem hard to articulate, and even harder to comprehend—but are also indicative of a systemic problem that is often overlooked. Danielle Campoamor, Marie Claire, "​It's Time to Talk About the Media's Role in Rising Suicide Rates​," 8 June 2018 But the iPad announcement is also indicative of a larger trend in Silicon Valley: Big tech firms see the classroom as their next major battleground. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Why Classrooms Are Apple, Google and Microsoft's Next Big Battleground," 28 Mar. 2018 Educational attainment tracks closely with measures of innovation in a state, which are also indicative of a favorable business environment. Alexander Coolidge,, "Survey: Ohio workers overpaid, less-educated and disappearing. And Kentucky's even worse for business," 28 Feb. 2018 Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship, says that a lack of visible physical affection — like kissing or hugging — is also indicative of a real problem. 2. Redbook, "17 Signs You're In an Unhappy — Or Loveless — Marriage," 20 Dec. 2017

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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