Definitions for indicativeɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•dic•a•tiveɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv(adj.)

  1. pointing out; expressive:

    behavior indicative of mental disorder.

  2. of or designating the grammatical mood used for ordinary objective statements and questions, as the mood of the verb plays in She plays tennis or were in Were they home?

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare imperative (def. 3), 3 subjunctive (def. 1). 1

  3. (n.)the indicative mood.

    Category: Grammar

  4. a verb in the indicative.

    Category: Grammar

Origin of indicative:

1520–30; < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indicative mood, indicative, declarative mood, declarative, common mood, fact mood(adj)

    a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact

  2. indicative, declarative(adj)

    relating to the mood of verbs that is used simple in declarative statements

    "indicative mood"

  3. indicative, indicatory, revelatory, significative, suggestive(adj)

    (usually followed by `of') pointing out or revealing clearly

    "actions indicative of fear"


  1. indicative(Noun)

    the indicative mood

  2. indicative(Adjective)

    serving as a sign, indication or suggestion of something

    He had pains indicative of a heart attack.

  3. indicative(Adjective)

    of, or relating to the indicative mood

  4. Origin: From indicativus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indicative(adj)

    pointing out; bringing to notice; giving intimation or knowledge of something not visible or obvious

  2. Indicative(adj)

    suggestive; representing the whole by a part, as a fleet by a ship, a forest by a tree, etc

  3. Indicative(noun)

    the indicative mood

Translations for indicative

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


describing verbs which occur as parts of statements and questions

In `I ran home' and `Are you going?'

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