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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 Onwuzurike’s production was not indicative of his talent. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Draft: Top 50 remaining prospects," 29 Apr. 2021 Offerings that are hard to explain are almost impossible to sell and are usually indicative of poor focus or unclear value propositions. Guy Tytunovich, Forbes, "SaaS CEOs: Consider These Five Product-Market Fit Essentials Before Going To Market," 28 Apr. 2021 Ramos’ lawyers argued some of the observations highlighted by Saathoff could be indicative of a mental disorder and that correctional staff members weren’t always watching Ramos. Alex Mann,, "FBI psychiatrist in Capital Gazette murder case offers preview of prosecution’s case," 23 Apr. 2021 Blood tests revealing high potassium levels were indicative of kidney failure and severe heart-rhythm disturbances threatened cardiac arrest, his doctor, Yaroslav Ashikhmin, said in a Facebook post. Washington Post, "Amid tense world relations, Putin warns that anyone threatening Russia will regret it," 21 Apr. 2021 The researchers plan to examine whether metrics like sending a higher number of phone calls or texts are indicative of someone becoming more extraverted. Kasra Zarei, Wired, "Can an App Help Change Your Personality?," 21 Apr. 2021 In 2014, Davis delivered a memorable performance in an early How to Get Away With Murder episode that is indicative of her ability to eschew vanity. Emma Fraser, Vulture, "How Ma Rainey’s Oscar-Nominated Hair and Makeup Team Transformed Viola Davis," 21 Apr. 2021 According to research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, doctors are observing a sudden increase in mammograms showing swollen lymph nodes under the arm, which can be indicative of breast cancer. Sarah Midkiff,, "It Turns Out COVID Vaccines Might Change Your Mammogram Results," 21 Apr. 2021 The sale is indicative of a Malibu housing landscape that has been operating in overdrive since last year. Neal Leitereg, Forbes, "Fashion Nova CEO Finds A Fit In Netflix Exec Ted Sarandos’ Malibu Beach House," 20 Apr. 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, "More Contagious Variant Is Spreading Fast in U.S., Even as Overall Cases Level Off," 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, "Tulsa digs again for victims of 1921 race massacre," 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, "Dentists are seeing more cracked teeth. Pandemic stress is to blame," 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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5 May 2021

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“Indicative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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