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  1. showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of): behavior indicative of mental disorder.
  2. 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).
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noun Grammar.
  1. the indicative mood.
  2. a verb in the indicative.
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Origin of indicative

From the Late Latin word indicātīvus, dating back to 1520–30. See indicate, -ive
Related formsin·dic·a·tive·ly, adverbun·in·dic·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for indicative

suggestive, ominous, symbolic, symptomatic, emblematic, characteristic, demonstrative, prognostic, testimonial, apocalyptic, auspicious, connotative, diagnostic, expressive, inauspicious, significant, augural, denotative, denotive, designative

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British Dictionary definitions for indicative


  1. (usually postpositive foll by of) serving as a sign; suggestiveindicative of trouble ahead
  2. grammar denoting a mood of verbs used chiefly to make statementsCompare subjunctive (def. 1)
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  1. grammar
    1. the indicative mood
    2. a verb in the indicative mood
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Abbreviation: indic
Derived Formsindicatively, adverb
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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).

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