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[in-dish-ee-uh m] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i əm/
noun, plural indicia
[in-dish-ee-uh] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i ə/ (Show IPA),
indicia (def 2).
1615-25; < Latin: disclosure, sign, indication, equivalent to indic(āre) to make known (see indicate) + -ium -ium


[in-dish-ee-uh] /ɪnˈdɪʃ i ə/
plural noun, singular indicium.
a postal marking used rather than a stamp or a regular cancellation on each item in a large shipment of prepaid mail.
Often, indicium.
  1. a printed message or instruction, especially one stamped on a package: an indicium of “bulk mail.”.
  2. an indication or token.
1615-25; < Latin, plural of indicium indicium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indicium
  • The postage amount in the indicium must be enough to prepay the postage in full.
  • The imposition of an obligation or the fixing of a legal relationship is the indicium of finality in the administrative process.
  • One indicium of this condition is its comparative economic condition.
  • Criminal conduct, whatever its nature, is a powerful indicium of a lack of contrition.
  • The ability to regulate participation in the local drug trade is surely an indicium of power and control.
  • Binding authority is a dispositive indicium of an agency relationship.
  • As discussed above, salvage activities can be one indicium of a railroad's intent to abandon.
  • It is the indicium of a time interval as well as that of an interval of space.
  • While the maintenance of a single physical abode is important, it is but one indicium of family membership.
British Dictionary definitions for indicium


plural noun (sing) -cium (-ʃɪəm)
distinguishing markings or signs; indications
Derived Forms
indicial, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, plural of indicium a notice, from index
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Word Origin and History for indicium



"indications," Latin plural of indicium "information, disclosure, discovery," from index (genitive indicis); see index.

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