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indicative

[ in-dik-uh-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of indicative

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

OTHER WORDS FROM indicative

in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverbun·in·dic·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for indicative

indicative
/ (ɪnˈdɪkətɪv) /

adjective

(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)

noun

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

Derived forms of indicative

indicatively, adverb
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