in·​for·​ma·​tive | \in-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv \

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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The resulting text is informative and revealing without veering into salaciousness; that Picasso is neither an art historian, nor a gossip-mongering outside party, has a lot to do with this. Marley Marius, Vogue, "On the Heels of an $88 Million Picasso Sale, Olivier Widmaier Picasso Talks Art, Life, and His Very Famous Grandfather," 12 Nov. 2018 The group is all about fostering conversations that are insightful, informative, and productive. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "The United States of Texas and California, a new Facebook group about the states’ big issues," 10 Aug. 2018 Some tests are more informative or meaningful than others. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Even if a medical test shows an abnormality, you may not need to worry about it," 3 June 2018 After all, that 2012 draft is informative beyond being a reminder that successful quarterbacks come in different sizes and various rounds. Bud Shaw,, "Dorsey's scouting background and connections raise hopes for the Browns -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin," 13 Apr. 2018 Her research has focused on smartphones, as described in several informative and provocative recent articles published by the Conversation. Richard G. "bugs" Stevens, Washington Post, "Bright lights near bedtime can cause sleep problems in children," 19 May 2018 Announcing the informative and collegial luncheon that the Friends of Mayfield Library have every year. Maria Shine Stewart,, "Respect others and yourself: Sun Messages," 15 Apr. 2018 Three informative videos feature Schneider speaking about printing generally, working with Lisette Model, and with Brian Lanker. Mark Feeney,, "At Harvard, seeing the importance of the print in photography," 24 May 2018 The instructors offer two-student workshops to make the classes more informative. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Bradford County: A motorsports mecca in Starke," 7 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of informative

: giving knowledge or information an informative book

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