[ in-dik-uh-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv /


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).

noun Grammar.

the indicative mood.
a verb in the indicative.

Origin of indicative

From the Late Latin word indicātīvus, dating back to 1520–30. See indicate, -ive

Related forms

in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverbun·in·dic·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indicative


/ (ɪnˈdɪkətɪv) /


(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)


  1. the indicative mood
  2. a verb in the indicative mood
Abbreviation: indic

Derived Forms

indicatively, adverb
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