in·​for·​ma·​tive | \ in-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce informative (audio) \

Definition of informative

: imparting knowledge : instructive

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Other Words from informative

informatively adverb
informativeness noun

Examples of informative in a Sentence

some Web sites for family vacation resorts are very informative and some are practically useless

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In addition to the most popular packages, looking at the fastest-growing packages over the past year is also informative. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "What R’s most popular tools say about the state of data science," 10 July 2019 Even failure might be informative, says Robin Dennell, an archeologist at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom who has studied the peopling of the Ryukyus. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Explorers to voyage to Japan in primitive boat in hopes of unlocking an ancient mystery," 2 July 2019 But as preposterously large and byzantine as these carnivals are, and as low as the stakes can feel this early in the process, the opening act was surprisingly informative. Dara Lind, Vox, "4 winners and 3 losers from the first night of the Democratic debates," 27 June 2019 As a result, The Chief is unfailingly informative and engaging. Carson Holloway, National Review, "John Roberts: A Political Judge?," 20 June 2019 Sparkling and informative, this full-spectrum discussion draws from art, science and semiotics, while also making fascinating detours into politics and history. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Adding intelligence to Office dates back to 2016 and before, when Microsoft launched Sway and introduced PowerPoint Designer, offering suggestions on how to make PowerPoint slides more interesting and informative. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "PowerPoint's Presenter Coach will flag your filthy language and other gaffes," 18 June 2019 Their efforts were not only interesting and informative in what turned out to be an outdoor, pop-up museum, but also provided the fantasy of travelling back in time to understand what life in Avon Lake was really like 200 years ago. Linda Gandee/special To,, "19th century life showcased in Avon Lake’s Hike Into History," 16 June 2019 Yes, each episode is emotional, but also incredibly informative. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Is the Worst Renovation Mistake You Can Make, According to the Property Brothers," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of informative

1646, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of informative

: providing information


in·​for·​ma·​tive | \ in-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce informative (audio) \

Kids Definition of informative

: giving knowledge or information an informative book

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to form ideas or theories about something

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