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
To see this feature in “all three of the major branches” of mammals — placental mammals, marsupials and monotremes — “is really indicative that it is an ancestral trait,” Anich says, and she’d like to see further research explore that possibility.A blue-green glow adds to platypuses’ long list of bizarre features | Christie Wilcox | November 6, 2020 | Science News
They are, however, indicative of trends in the larger advertising ecosystem.COVID helped drive record ad revenue for big tech in Q3 | Greg Sterling | November 4, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Of course, partisan affiliation, while indicative of how a person might vote, doesn’t guarantee a person will vote for their party’s candidates.9 questions about 2020’s record-breaking early vote, answered | Rani Molla | October 30, 2020 | Vox
That was indicative, I think, of the general investment in data and technology.Data should enfranchise people, says the Democrats’ head of technology | Tate Ryan-Mosley | October 23, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
That impressive milestone was indicative of global decline in smartphone sales amid the pandemic.Huawei releases less information about its business as U.S. sanctions take effect | eamonbarrett | October 23, 2020 | Fortune
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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