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indicative

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adjective in·dic·a·tive \in-ˈdi-kə-tiv\

Definition of indicative

  1. 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. 2 :  serving to indicate actions indicative of fear

indicatively

adverb

Examples of indicative in a Sentence

  1. In I walked to school, the verb walked is in the indicative mood.

  2. a wide-eyed look that is indicative of his constant curiosity

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First Known Use of indicative

15th century


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indicative

noun in·dic·a·tive

Definition of indicative

  1. 1 :  the indicative mood of a language

  2. 2 :  a form in the indicative mood

First Known Use of indicative

1530

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INDICATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective

Definition of indicative for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INDICATIVE Defined for Kids

indicative

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adjective in·dic·a·tive \in-ˈdi-kə-tiv\

Definition of indicative for Students

  1. 1 :  pointing out or showing something Fever is indicative of illness.

  2. 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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