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
Recent Examples on the Web The most informative part of the study displayed three asset allocation models set forth by three prominent financial experts: Jane Bryant Quinn, Burton Malkiel and Jack Bogle. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 thrown a wrench into retirement planning? Don't panic.," 9 Aug. 2020 Over the past two months, the library was able to share so many fun and informative virtual programs to inspire creativity, get people moving, expand their knowledge and keep library users connected to their community. John Marc Sharpe | Contributing Writer,, "First virtual summer program sees New Orleans library users logging 255,400 minutes of reading," 7 Aug. 2020 Deciding which is best is not easy, but our concise and informative review offers invaluable advice. Bob Beacham,, "The best hedge trimmer of 2020," 4 Aug. 2020 Chicago Pizza Tours are a fun and informative way to explore the city's most famous culinary export—and no other tour in town will leave you as well-fed. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Place to Visit in Every U.S. State," 28 July 2020 The person selected will then have an important task at hand: to rank all the shows in the following categories: most entertaining, most informative, most fearsome (scariest), and most surprising. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "You Could Get Paid $1,000 Just to Watch Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020," 14 July 2020 The good news for determining steps two through four is that Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University’s entomologist extraordinaire, has written an informative and helpful fact sheet on the Japanese beetle. Betty Cahill, The Know, "Japanese beetles are heading back to our gardens. Here’s how to fight them off.," 23 June 2020 Thank you so much for this insightful and informative editorial. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Tucker’s departure spotlights opportunity, greed, gray area; Trump’s NEPA overreach; Trump should remember he’s the president of Democrats too (2/14/20)," 14 Feb. 2020 Definitions for the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration and assimilation were particularly informative for me. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "’The New Gardener’s Handbook” awakens intuitive skills, plant passion," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of informative

1646, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2020

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“Informative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce informative (audio)

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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