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instructive

[in-struhk-tiv] /ɪnˈstrʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to instruct or inform; conveying instruction, knowledge, or information; enlightening.
2.
Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate means by which.
Origin of instructive
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; instruct + -ive
Related forms
instructively, adverb
instructiveness, noun
noninstructive, adjective
noninstructively, adverb
noninstructiveness, noun
overinstructive, adjective
overinstructively, adverb
overinstructiveness, noun
uninstructive, adjective
uninstructively, adverb
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  • He is not a great preacher, but he is quietly earnest and instructive.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • All this time it was instructive to watch the behaviour of the little dog.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • And now I have told you almost all that is amusing or instructive in the childhood of Christina.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “So this instructive crime was planned abroad,” Mr Vladimir said quickly.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • It would be easy as well as instructive to accumulate examples.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for instructive

instructive

/ɪnˈstrʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to instruct or enlighten; conveying information
Derived Forms
instructively, adverb
instructiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for instructive
adj.

1610s, from instruct + -ive. Related: Instructively; instructiveness.

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