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 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for informativeness

Historical Examples of informativeness

  • As for the plodding, inky sycophants who fawned upon Mr. Cray's informativeness, Michael regarded them with horror and contempt.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1

    Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for informativeness




providing information; instructive
Derived Formsinformatively, adverbinformativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for informativeness



"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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