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 Simply seeing other ways of doing things may be quite informative for you. Tarot Astrologers,, 10 July 2021 Despite short-run growing pains, decentralization will be more stable and prices will be more informative about value in the long run. Raghav Warrier, National Review, 18 June 2021 The experience of the U.S. states is very informative here. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 18 May 2021 But for now, his main mission is to remind readers of why the news is not just informative, but critical. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2021 These were about as informative as interviews with athletes and coaches after games. Globe Staff,, 14 Mar. 2021 Your next doctor's appointment could soon become much more informative thanks to new microchips the size of dust mites, only visible beneath a microscope. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 11 June 2021 Importantly, more effective audit committees or more informative audit reports alone do not encourage managers to be more transparent, according to a study forthcoming in The Accounting Review. Joseph Brazel, Forbes, 4 May 2021 The Congressionally mandated National Practitioners Data Base is truly national and far more informative. Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of informative

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of informative was in 1646

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20 Jul 2021

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“Informative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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