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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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 In informal polls of the audience that included journalists and IBM staffers, Debater was rated more informative than the human on stage in both debates. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Now the Computer Can Argue With You," 19 June 2018 Families of Bolton, Columbia, Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and EO Smith families are encouraged to attend this free and informative presentation. Courant Community, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 29 May 2018 And at the Money Museum there is a fine and informative exhibit devoted to the father of our country’s financial system. Rick Kogan,, "What's the value of a dollar? A 1943 steel cent? What collectors know, plus a Hamilton exhibit you've never heard of," 25 May 2018 The labels that exist are (a) on the opposite side of the headphone output and thus face away from you, and (b) insufficiently informative. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Chord Hugo 2 is the worst kind of audiophile equipment," 24 Apr. 2018 Christopher Buckley’s The Judge Hunter is simultaneously silly and informative, a delightful romp through colonial America. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Tech's Leaders Should Heed Employee Outrage With Prudent Response," 9 July 2018 By Paul OffitThis is an informative (and funny) look at why crazy health advice and conspiracy theories are so compelling and sound (but unsexy) science has so much trouble breaking through. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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