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 hope for the analytics being developed at Ames is that the AI can discover patterns of anomalies in flight data that could be indicative of a systematic problem with aircraft. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 The first issue here is that people with hypomania and mania may not recognize that the symptoms are indicative of a disorder. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Things to Know About the Surprisingly Subtle Hypomanic Episodes of Bipolar Disorder," 30 Nov. 2018 Her his-and-hers looks with her fiancé are indicative of this. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin Gets Candid About Fashion, Family, and Life In the Spotlight," 16 Oct. 2018 His 37 minutes on Saturday were certainly indicative of much more than a stat line. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Duke's rout of Wake Forest without Coach K spotlights Grayson Allen's unsung hero role," 13 Jan. 2018 Upper stomach pain or feelings of fullness paired with bloating may be indicative of dyspepsia, for example, whereas lower abdomen cramping and a change in bowel habits could point to IBS. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Bloated?," 29 Oct. 2018 The silence appears to be indicative of confusion about how to proceed in the absence of hard facts about exactly what happened to Khashoggi and who might be responsible. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Saudis have a $6 million lobbying payroll despite departures," 16 Oct. 2018 For example, in the beginning of episode three, Dawson says that Logan doesn't cry at funerals, seemingly implying this is indicative of sociopathy. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Mental Health Experts Want You to Know Before Watching the Buzzy New YouTube Series ‘The Mind of Jake Paul’," 12 Oct. 2018 These comments are indicative of the societal tendency to police women's clothing, a practice that serves not only to oversexualize women but also feeds into dangerous, sexist ideas about victim-blaming and -shaming. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Is Being Mom-Shamed by Some Assholes on Instagram for Letting North Wear a Bikini," 30 Aug. 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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