showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of): behavior indicative of mental disorder.
the indicative mood.
a verb in the indicative.
- in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverb
- un·in·dic·a·tive, adjective
- un·in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use indicative in a sentence
While Facebook trumpeted the success of the titles in the Oculus store, it declined to share information on the average costs of VR game development, making it unclear if the $1 million revenue figures were truly indicative of financial success.Virtual reality is starting to see actual gains in gaming | Noah Smith | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
That long wait is indicative of the wild ride this stationary bicycle company has been on since it went public in September 2019.
Increased political polarization is another reason why fewer counties are consistently indicative of presidential results in recent years.
In an interview, Hogg said the run-in with Greene is indicative of the near-constant harassment he receives, including numerous death threats.How Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, promoter of QAnon’s baseless theories, rose with support from key Republicans | Michael Kranish, Reis Thebault, Stephanie McCrummen | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
The colors for metrics in the timings lane are not indicative of a score.
But the drama that unfolds across their visages is indicative of automaticity rather than authenticity.
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 | John Avlon | April 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ali Gharib | April 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Congress' choice, leave town for the week, isn't exactly indicative of any seriousness on their part.
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 | Michael Moynihan | November 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The dormant accounts most of the banks maintain with the reserve bank are, perhaps, indicative of their attitude toward it.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
The boy's head was held high, indicative of his opinion of poor white trash and Crackers in general, and Mandy Ann in particular.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Occasionally an ear-like outgrowth appears on the neck, indicative of the attempt of a second slit to develop into an ear.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
As you know, I told you I must follow wherever the trail leads, and this indicative direction must be followed up.In the Onyx Lobby | Carolyn Wells
There is nothing inflamed in them—nothing indicative of either a very thick or very thin skin.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
British Dictionary definitions for indicative
(usually postpositive foll by of) serving as a sign; suggestive: indicative of trouble ahead
grammar denoting a mood of verbs used chiefly to make statements: Compare subjunctive (def. 1)
the indicative mood
a verb in the indicative mood
- Abbreviation: indic
- indicatively, adverb
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