in·​formed | \ in-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce informed (audio) \

Definition of informed

1a : having information informed sources informed observers
b : based on possession of information an informed opinion
2 : educated, knowledgeable what the informed person should know

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Other Words from informed

informedly \ in-​ˈfȯrmd-​lē How to pronounce informedly (audio) , -​ˈfȯr-​məd-​lē \ adverb

Examples of informed in a Sentence

Informed sources told us of the new policy. We need to spend more time researching our options so that we can make an informed choice.
Recent Examples on the Web In a society that depends on an informed citizenry to make reasonably intelligent decisions about self-governance, this is the worst kind of trouble. Washington Post, "This was the week America lost the war on misinformation," 30 July 2020 To help keep you informed about the coronavirus and how to protect yourself, National Geographic is providing free access to this story. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "How scientists know COVID-19 is way deadlier than the flu," 2 July 2020 But briefers learned that Trump often did not read the daily document, leaving him less informed about the threats around the world. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Trump’s resistance to intelligence warnings led to fewer Russia briefings: Report," 2 July 2020 More than 70% of Gen Z and over 60% of Millennials felt less informed about what was going on at work, compared to around 50% of their older colleagues. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "The rebellious young generations that wanted workplace flexibility are missing the office most," 2 July 2020 Binney thinks those returning should have the right to know the specifics of campus health throughout the months leading up to in-person academia in order to make informed decisions. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Mid-American Conference schools lack transparency on COVID-19 data. Here's why it matters," 13 July 2020 Just informed @DancingABC will be continuing without me. Gabrielle Chung,, "Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews Exit Dancing with the Stars as Show Heads in 'New Creative Direction'," 13 July 2020 Judging both by statistics and by much informed opinion, Mr. Weekes was the best batsmen of the three. Huw Richards,, "Everton Weekes, Cricket Star and Pioneer, Is Dead at 95," 12 July 2020 The information is also used by fishers, shipping companies, aquaculture businesses, weather forecasters, public utilities, search-and-rescue teams and others to make informed operational decisions. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Columbia River tribes gain new clout with major acquisition," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of informed

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Informed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of informed

: having information
: based on information



Legal Definition of informed

: based on or made with essential information an informed judgment

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