- The definition of indicative is a type of behavior that gives a suggestion or shows something.
- An example of indicative is a behavior, like a smile, that shows joy.
- An example of indicative is sneezing and coughing that can be a sign of a cold.
- Indicative is defined as a grammar term for a verb or a sentence that either makes a statement or asks a question.
An example of the indicative is the sentence, "The birds are singing."
indicative definition by Webster's New World
- giving an indication, suggestion, or intimation; showing; signifying: a look indicative of joyalso indicatory
- designating or of the mood of a verb used to identify an act, state, or occurrence as actual, or to ask a question of fact
Origin: French indicatif ; from Classical Latin indicativus
- the indicative mood
- a verb in this mood
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- indicatively adverb
indicative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Serving to indicate: symptoms indicative of anemia; an insignia indicative of high rank.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being the mood of the verb used in ordinary objective statements.
- The indicative mood.
- A verb in the indicative mood.
- in·dicˈa·tive·ly adverb