in·​struc·​tive | \ in-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce instructive (audio) \

Definition of instructive

: carrying a lesson : enlightening

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Other Words from instructive

instructively adverb
instructiveness noun

Examples of instructive in a Sentence

an interesting and instructive lesson an instructive demonstration of the proper way to pack a suitcase so your clothes don't arrive in a mess
Recent Examples on the Web Joe Morgan’s book, A Life In Baseball, was instructive. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: You think you know how the 1975 World Series turned out. Do you really?," 28 Mar. 2020 Nearly half of all American deaths from the novel coronavirus trace back to the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash. Its story is instructive. Michael Hendrix, National Review, "How a Washington State Nursing Home Became the Center of the COVID-19 Pandemic," 24 Mar. 2020 But again, looking at how this has played out elsewhere is instructive. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "Bible class laws do much less than you hope or fear," 27 Feb. 2020 The unfolding story of the cruise ship The Diamond Princess, off Japanese coast is instructive. Oommen C. Kurian, Quartz India, "How an Indian state successfully fought and contained the deadly coronavirus," 13 Feb. 2020 Here, the intellectual conflict Packer only briefly alludes to is instructive. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Enemies of the Truth," 27 Jan. 2020 Particularly instructive here are the fates of the rebels who broke from Corbyn’s Labour to form Change UK, including Chuka Umunna, who was widely billed as Britain’s future answer to Barack Obama. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 Financial matters aside, the complaint is also instructive in painting a portrait of the bad blood that has been brewing between Vicky Cornell and the surviving members of Soundgarden since Chris Cornell's death in May 2017. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Chris Cornell's Widow Sues Soundgarden for Withholding Royalties," 9 Dec. 2019 The fact that so many Colorado Republican officers, elected officials, and MAGA-hat wearing supporters attended this despicable affair should be instructive to good-hearted Coloradans when ballots arrive roughly 13 months from now. Ian Silverii, The Denver Post, "Silverii: Colorado GOP leaders really just rallied in support of cruelty and detention," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of instructive

1611, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2020

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“Instructive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of instructive

: providing knowledge or information : helping to instruct someone


in·​struc·​tive | \ in-ˈstrək-tiv How to pronounce instructive (audio) \

Kids Definition of instructive

: helping to give knowledge or information an instructive book

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