- showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of): behavior indicative of mental disorder.
- Grammar. noting or pertaining to the mood of the verb used for ordinary objective statements, questions, etc., as the verb plays in John plays football.Compare imperative(def 3), subjunctive(def 1).
- the indicative mood.
- a verb in the indicative.
Origin of indicative
Related Words for indicativesuggestive, ominous, symbolic, symptomatic, emblematic, characteristic, demonstrative, prognostic, testimonial, apocalyptic, auspicious, connotative, diagnostic, expressive, inauspicious, significant, augural, denotative, denotive, designative
Examples from the Web for indicative
Contemporary Examples of indicative
But the drama that unfolds across their visages is indicative of automaticity rather than authenticity.‘Visitors’ Is Staring At You
January 25, 2014
But at this point the association should be regarded as informational rather than indicative of its source.Ricin Scare at the White House: An Eerie Post-9/11 Echo
April 17, 2013
And as Muslims often choose names related to war and violence, could those possibly be indicative of their values?Islamophobe With Militarist Name Attacks Muslims For Militarist Names
April 12, 2013
There are many small errors too—largely inconsequential but indicative of a lack of academic rigor.Oliver Stone’s Junk History of the United States Debunked
November 19, 2012
Whether insured or not, the disruptions are indicative of real damage and real costs to the economy.The Economic Losses from Superstorm Sandy Continue to Mount
November 1, 2012
Historical Examples of indicative
I will be explicit; I will use the indicative mood, present tense.The First Violin
It was quick, indicative of nervous excitement, but certainly not weak.The Film of Fear
To be considered, how far the voice of a bird may be indicative of its temperament.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
Or was it indicative of a shortening of our religious privileges?The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
This outburst was indicative of something more than a fugitive mood.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- (usually postpositive foll by of) serving as a sign; suggestiveindicative of trouble ahead
- grammar denoting a mood of verbs used chiefly to make statementsCompare subjunctive (def. 1)
- the indicative mood
- a verb in the indicative mood
Word Origin and History for indicative
mid-15c., from Old French indicatif (14c.), from Late Latin indicativus, from indicat-, past participle stem of Latin indicare (see indication).