What does indication mean?

Definitions for indication
ˌɪn dɪˈkeɪ ʃənin·di·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indication, indicantnoun

    something that serves to indicate or suggest

    "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"

  2. indication, denotationnoun

    the act of indicating or pointing out by name

  3. indicationnoun

    (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure

    "the presence of bacterial infection was an indication for the use of antibiotics"

  4. indicationnoun

    something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary

    "there were indications that it was time to leave"

  5. reading, meter reading, indicationnoun

    a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument

    "he could not believe the meter reading"; "the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"


  1. indicationnoun

    Act of pointing out or indicating.

  2. indicationnoun

    That which serves to indicate or point out; mark; token; sign; symptom; evidence.

    The frequent stops they make in the most convenient places are plain indications of their weariness. Joseph Addison.

  3. indicationnoun

    Discovery made; information.

  4. indicationnoun

    Explanation; display. Francis Bacon.

  5. indicationnoun

    Any symptom or occurrence in a disease, which serves to direct to suitable remedies.

  6. indicationnoun

    An declared approximation of the price at which a traded security is likely to commence trading.

  7. Etymology: From indicatio, from indico; see indicate; confer French indication, indicación, indicazione.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Indicationnoun

    Etymology: indication, Fr. indicatio, from indico, Lat.

    The frequent stops they make in the most convenient places, are a plain indication of their weariness. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    We think that our successes are a plain indication of the divine favour towards us. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    These be the things that govern nature principally, and without which you cannot make any true analysis, and indication of the proceedings of nature. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The depravation of the instruments of mastication is a natural indication of a liquid diet. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    If a person, that had a fair estate in reversion, should be assured by some skilful physician, that he would inevitably fall into a disease that would totally deprive him of his understanding and memory; if, I say, upon a certain belief of this indication, the man should appear overjoyed at the news, would not all that saw him conclude that the distemper had seized him? Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. indication

    Indication is a sign, symptom, or piece of information that suggests or points out a certain condition, treatment, or direction. It could also refer to a situation or condition that makes a particular action appropriate or necessary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indicationnoun

    act of pointing out or indicating

  2. Indicationnoun

    that which serves to indicate or point out; mark; token; sign; symptom; evidence

  3. Indicationnoun

    discovery made; information

  4. Indicationnoun

    explanation; display

  5. Indicationnoun

    any symptom or occurrence in a disease, which serves to direct to suitable remedies


  1. Indication

    In medicine, an indication is a valid reason to use a certain test, medication, procedure, or surgery. The opposite of indication is contraindication.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'indication' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4065

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'indication' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3395

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'indication' in Nouns Frequency: #1352

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indication in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indication in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of indication in a Sentence

  1. Spencer Klein:

    It played to a very diverse audience, and in Hispanic markets was well above the norm, this diversity is a very good indication for long-term playability.

  2. Alessandra Biaggi:

    It's a huge deal and it's also another indication of not just how brave she is, but how strongly she stays true to her values.

  3. Ed Reinhold:

    We have no idea what his motivation was behind this shooting, there's no indication at this point that anyone else was involved.

  4. Vikas Dwivedi:

    Our read on this event is that it is merely an extension of the Russian position that they would consider working with OPEC to coordinate production cuts – rather than an indication that such proposals are actually close to becoming a reality.

  5. Evelyn Yang:

    While this is a good start, it's not addressing the root of the problem, we need to be asking why there are over 70 women and counting who have now come forward about being assaulted by this same doctor. The DA office should be investigating the hospital for allowing this doctor to prey on so many patients over decades, when they had indication from multiple sources that he was acting inappropriately.

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