instructive

[ in-struhk-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈstrʌk tɪv /

adjective

serving to instruct or inform; conveying instruction, knowledge, or information; enlightening.
Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate means by which.

Nearby words

  1. instroke,
  2. instruct,
  3. instruction,
  4. instructional,
  5. instructions,
  6. instructively,
  7. instructor,
  8. instructress,
  9. instrument,
  10. instrument flying

Origin of instructive

First recorded in 1605–15; instruct + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for instructive

instructive

/ (ɪnˈstrʌktɪv) /

adjective

serving to instruct or enlighten; conveying information
Derived Formsinstructively, adverbinstructiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for instructive

instructive

adj.

1610s, from instruct + -ive. Related: Instructively; instructiveness.

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