in·​for·​ma·​tive in-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce informative (audio)
: imparting knowledge : instructive
informatively adverb
informativeness noun

Example Sentences

some websites for family vacation resorts are very informative and some are practically useless
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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of informative was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Informative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


in·​for·​ma·​tive in-ˈfȯr-mət-iv How to pronounce informative (audio)
: providing knowledge : instructive
an informative book
informatively adverb
informativeness noun

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