[ in-dik-uh-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv /
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.
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Origin of indicative
Related formsin·dic·a·tive·ly, adverbun·in·dic·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·dic·a·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for indicatively
/ (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)
- the indicative mood
- a verb in the indicative mood
Derived Formsindicatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indicatively
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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