[ in-fawr-muh-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈfɔr mə tɪv /


giving information; instructive: an informative book.
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 forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for informatively

  • With easy grace he dismissed himself and talked knowledgeably and informatively of the antiquities and the beauties of Auvergne.

    The Mountebank|William J. Locke
  • He writes interestingly, informatively and authoritatively on the big financial subjects of the moment.

  • "The perfect pupæ of this insect are extremely rare," added Ferrara informatively.

British Dictionary definitions for informatively



/ (ɪnˈfɔːmətɪv) /


providing information; instructive

Derived Forms

informatively, adverbinformativeness, noun
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