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in·​dic·​a·​tive in-ˈdi-kə-tiv How to pronounce indicative (audio)
: serving to indicate
actions indicative of fear
: 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
indicatively adverb


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: the indicative mood of a language
: a form in the indicative mood

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
All are indicative of the urgent need for more American arms and ammunition. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2024 Those two preceding examples were indicative of a patient-AI and a doctor-AI form of usage, respectively. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The divergent strategies between the tech giants and the government, which has pumped billions into quantum technologies, are indicative of a broader trend in China, says Ezratty. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Feb. 2024 Selecting a town like Port Orchard, 28 miles northwest of Tacoma, is indicative of a key CJNG strategy to reach its tentacles deep into small, unexpected corners of America. Beth Warren, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 Each zodiac animal’s competition strategy is indicative of that sign’s traits. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 The success of young riders like Milam may also be indicative of the boom of the sport and industry as a whole. Kyre Johnson, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the performance of our businesses by excluding non-cash expenses that may not be indicative of our recurring operating results. Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 The constant challenge for journalism is to distinguish between the anecdote, which is illustrative, and the datum, which is indicative. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, 7 Feb. 2024
Indeed, by giving Wendy a more active part in the heroics indicative of the title change, this movie features more female empowerment all around, dispensing with much of the petty jealousy and girlish mooning over Peter that didn’t age particularly well during the last 70 years. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Apr. 2023 Since then, atmospheric river events and a parade of storms have mostly turned things around, with green and blue colors on Dec. 27, 2021 indicative of normal to above-normal snowpack. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2021 Six straight days of temperatures stuck at or below freezing led the city to shut off more than 3,000 meters with usage rates averaging more than 50 gallons per hour, a rate indicative of an account with a broken service line. David Showers, Arkansas Online, 20 Dec. 2022 With La Niña's demise, just a small patch of blue indicative of cooler than average sea surface temperatures remains in the central equatorial Pacific Ocean. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2017 Is Noah’s departure indicative of a major change in late-night television? Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 8 Dec. 2022 That includes on social media, where his posts are part public relations campaign, his relative ease on camera indicative of his many years under bright lights in a boxing ring. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Jones said that taking out a word or phrase indicative of prostitution didn’t change the fact that the overall ad was for prostitution. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 Sacrificing knowledge of a partner’s appearance, the reasoning goes, is an act indicative of an openhearted and honorable spirit. New York Times, 19 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Indicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
in·​dic·​a·​tive in-ˈdik-ət-iv How to pronounce indicative (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the grammatical mood that represents an act or state as a fact that can be known or proved
in "I am here," the verb "am" is in the indicative mood
: indicating something
remarks indicative of jealousy
indicatively adverb


2 of 2 noun
: the indicative mood of a verb or a verb in this mood

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