Definition of indicative in English:

indicative

Syllabification: in·dic·a·tive
Pronunciation: /inˈdikədiv
 
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adjective

1Serving as a sign or indication of something: having recurrent dreams is not necessarily indicative of any psychological problem
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  • Thinking about it, it is perhaps time for a general shake-up of road names and signs in this area to make them more indicative of their use.
  • The fact that we have kept so many clients for so many years is more indicative of the service we have provided.
  • Watching Paul glance over several times at Dan's guitar with a half smile was very indicative of how much Dan can blow everyone away while performing.
Synonyms
symptomatic, expressive, suggestive, representative, emblematic, symbolic; typical, characteristic
2 Grammar Denoting a mood of verbs expressing simple statement of a fact. Compare with subjunctive.
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  • If a regular pronoun and indicative mood are used, it shows that the speaker asserts that the report is true.
  • He wants to move the claim from the conditional to the indicative mood, as the grammarians would say.
  • The third-person singular indicative ending in Shakespeare's verbs could be either s, as now, or the older th.

noun

Grammar Back to top  
1A verb in the indicative mood.
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  • Thus, if a language has long-distance reflexivization with indicatives, then it will necessarily have it with (if relevant) subjunctives, infinitives, small clauses, and NPs.
  • And the form is, of course, the first-person singular present active indicative.
  • Is ‘preserve’ in a poem being discussed an indicative or subjunctive?
1.1 (the indicative) The indicative mood.
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  • This is not simply to avoid criticisms of judgment speech by translating it from the indicative to the optative.
  • Moreover, the shift in grammatical mood from subjunctive to indicative underscores how plausible this vision is.
  • Success is articulated not in the indicative but in the subjunctive: potential threats removed; future wars that don't have to be fought.

Derivatives

indicatively

adverb
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  • ‘Let me,’ he said indicatively, dipping the strawberry into the fall of chocolate.
  • The abstract was better, written indicatively and discipline-oriented.
  • The following diagram indicatively illustrates the consensus view reflected in the ten workshop plans.

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