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 The saga provides an instructive view into the defining issue of modern-day Napa Valley, where the values of agricultural preservation and economic prosperity are often seen as being at odds. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Napa's prestigious Staglin winery says it needs more visitors to succeed. Its wealthy neighbors are fighting back," 2 Apr. 2021 Still, that first, massive legislative victory remains instructive: The package passed the House and Senate without a single Republican vote. Rick Klein, ABC News, "'Change the paradigm': Biden takes expansive view of powers: ANALYSIS," 25 Mar. 2021 The instructive aspect of the day was as helpful as the guiding one. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Unexpected Payoff of a Private Ski Guide," 17 Mar. 2021 Ginia Bellafante, a columnist at the New York Times, wrote an essay Friday that strikes me as an instructive approach to the national dialogue around everything from Dr. Seuss to Lincoln statues to the British royals. Heidi Stevens, Star Tribune, "Why we should reconsider Woody, Lincoln, the royals," 10 Mar. 2021 The experiences of Ocean and Smith are especially instructive. Paul Grein, Billboard, "A Record 3 Openly LGBTQ Artists Are Vying for Best New Artist at 2021 Grammys," 8 Mar. 2021 The five-year plans are undoubtably instructive in China's economic growth, as China's state banks will provide funding for projects that align with the government's objectives. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "China is set to ratify its 14th ‘Five Year Plan.’ What to expect from its latest economic road map," 2 Mar. 2021 One of Federici’s most instructive examples of commoning is the protest campaign of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in 2016 and 2017. New York Times, "The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew.," 17 Feb. 2021 One other instructive perspective comes from time travel. Jack Butler, National Review, "Back to the Future Meets Hillbilly Elegy," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of instructive

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of instructive was in 1611

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11 Apr 2021

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“Instructive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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