- showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of): behavior indicative of mental disorder.
- Grammar. noting or pertaining to the mood of the verb used for ordinary objective statements, questions, etc., as the verb plays in John plays football.Compare imperative(def 3), subjunctive(def 1).
- the indicative mood.
- a verb in the indicative.
Origin of indicative
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- (usually postpositive foll by of) serving as a sign; suggestiveindicative of trouble ahead
- grammar denoting a mood of verbs used chiefly to make statementsCompare subjunctive (def. 1)
- the indicative mood
- a verb in the indicative mood
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mid-15c., from Old French indicatif (14c.), from Late Latin indicativus, from indicat-, past participle stem of Latin indicare (see indication).
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