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indicative

[in-dik-uh-tiv] /ɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of):
behavior indicative of mental disorder.
2.
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).
noun, Grammar
3.
the indicative mood.
4.
a verb in the indicative.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin indicātīvus. See indicate, -ive
Related forms
indicatively, adverb
unindicative, adjective
unindicatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for indicatively

indicative

/ɪnˈdɪkətɪv/
adjective
1.
(usually postpositive) foll by of. serving as a sign; suggestive: indicative of trouble ahead
2.
(grammar) denoting a mood of verbs used chiefly to make statements Compare subjunctive (sense 1)
noun
3.
(grammar)
  1. the indicative mood
  2. a verb in the indicative mood
indic
Derived Forms
indicatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indicatively

indicative

adj.

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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