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  1. giving information; instructive: an informative book.
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Also in·form·a·to·ry [in-fawr-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of informative

1375–1425; late Middle English: formative < Medieval Latin infōrmātīvus, equivalent to Latin infōrmāt(us) (past participle of infōrmāre to inform1) + -īvus -ive
Related formsin·form·a·tive·ly, adverbin·form·a·tive·ness, nounnon·in·for·ma·tive, adjectivenon·in·for·ma·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·for·ma·tive·ness, nounun·in·form·a·tive, adjectiveun·in·form·a·tive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for informative

instructional, gossipy, descriptive, enlightening, instructive, explanatory, illuminating, chatty, revealing, informational, advisory, communicative, forthcoming, newsy, significant, edifying, educative, elucidative, revelatory

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  1. providing information; instructive
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Derived Formsinformatively, adverbinformativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for informative


"instructive," late 14c., "formative, shaping, plastic," from Medieval Latin informativus, from Latin informatus, past participle of informare (see inform). Related: Informatively.

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