instructive

adjective
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 Likewise, the history of the Marine Corps — which remained a tiny adjunct to the Navy until World War I and World War II created a narrative of larger-scale land operations — is instructive. James Stavridis, Twin Cities, "James Stavridis: May the (Space) Force be with you," 31 Dec. 2019 Likewise, the history of the Marine Corps — which remained a tiny adjunct to the Navy until World War I and World War II created a narrative of larger-scale land operations — is instructive. James Stavridis, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: May the (space) force be with you," 27 Dec. 2019 When looking at comparable contracts, the recent extensions handed to Buccaneers and Bills centers Ryan Jensen and Mitch Morse appear to be instructive. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Ryan Kelly on signing extension with Colts: 'This is where I want to be'," 23 Dec. 2019 That evolution could prove instructive if Kim secures a peace declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War in his summit with Trump. Washington Post, "How Vietnam Went From Cold War Foe to a Host for Trump and Kim’s Summit," 24 Sep. 2019 This word choice is instructive about Pogrebin’s thought process. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Architect of the Latest Kavanaugh Smear Just Gave a Self-Damning Radio Interview," 17 Sep. 2019 The uncanny resemblance between the lo- and hi-tech products is instructive. Ross Rudesch Harley, Quartz, "Why we geek out over sleek interface designs," 14 Dec. 2019 Danone’s 2030 timeline is instructive, B Lab UK’s Turner says. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Danone is showing multinationals the way to a less destructive form of capitalism," 9 Dec. 2019 Williamson’s choice of Monsanto as exemplar for his policy-free model of prosperity is instructive. Oren Cass, National Review, "There’s More to Life Than Liberty and Robbery," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of instructive

1611, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2020

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“Instructive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/instructive. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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instructive

adjective
How to pronounce instructive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of instructive

: providing knowledge or information : helping to instruct someone

instructive

adjective
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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