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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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Other Words from indicative


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 Her killing devastated and outraged Hobbs’s family, who said her slaying was indicative of a culture of gun violence that steals too many Black young people. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 The increase in new jobs is indicative of the country’s positive mood change. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 4 June 2021 However, neither of those 2020 numbers are indicative of high-caliber cornerback play. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 There are teams all across baseball that might feel as though their run differential isn’t indicative of where things stand. Dallas News, 1 June 2021 Black entrepreneurs in Greenwood today say their success isn’t indicative of any government economic-development strategy. WSJ, 28 May 2021 Well, a little easter egg: that wedding gown is indicative of where [Kate and Phillip] get married. Karen Mizoguchi,, 26 May 2021 Our indicative theme on Cryptocurrency Stocks could be a safer way to play the long-term upside from cryptocurrencies, without taking a position in individual currencies. Trefis Team, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Early storms have appeared in the last six years, and are not necessarily indicative of an above average season. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Helix has analyzed nearly half a million positive samples for an anomaly indicative of the B.1.1.7 variant. Scott Reinhard, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 The earlier excavation was done in an area identified by ground-penetrating radar scans as appearing to be a human-dug pit indicative of a mass grave. NBC News, 19 Oct. 2020 Symptoms of bruxism include pain when teeth are together and/or brushed, swelling indicative of infection, lingering pain and/or cold or broken pieces of teeth, Peek said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Sep. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Indicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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