in·​formed | \in-ˈfȯrmd \

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, -​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.

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The informed interpretation is that, both times, Mr. Powell was merely stating the obvious, not contradicting himself. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Jerome Powell Shows His Cards on the Stock Market," 29 Nov. 2018 Tomorrow this Capital page will return to its steady purpose of offering readers informed opinion about the world around them. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "What You Need to Know About the 'Capital Gazette' Mass Shooting," 29 June 2018 Members of Congress asked mostly well informed questions about a wide range of subjects, and the tone was generally cordial. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The 7 biggest moments from today’s social media hearings," 5 Sep. 2018 In the same release, Lime said the company shares data with partner cities, helping them make informed decisions about street safety. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Here's where people are riding Lime electric scooters around Indianapolis," 29 June 2018 This conduct, the lawsuit claims, means that customers are unable to make informed decisions regarding the purchase of a Lennox Air Conditioner. Cathy Cunningham,, "Owner of defective Lennox AC unit asks: Can I opt out of class action and personally sue dealer who sold me unit?," 21 June 2018 As users become better informed, the alchemy of taking their data without paying and manipulating them for profit may die. The Economist, "What Zuckerberg should doFacebook faces a reputational meltdown," 22 Mar. 2018 Even informed parents can sometimes have trouble securing a 504. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "More Students Are Getting Special Help in Grades K-12," 3 July 2018 Here, too, more information and more context can lead to more informed decision-making. Michal Lev-ram, Fortune, "Facebook's Fix-It Team," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of informed

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

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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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