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[in-fawr-muh-tiv] /ɪnˈfɔr mə tɪv/
giving information; instructive:
an informative book.
Also, informatory
[in-fawr-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of informative
1375-1425; late Middle English: formative < Medieval Latin infōrmātīvus, equivalent to Latin infōrmāt(us) (past participle of infōrmāre to inform1) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
informatively, adverb
informativeness, noun
noninformative, adjective
noninformatively, adverb
noninformativeness, noun
uninformative, adjective
uninformatively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for informative
  • Thanks so much for an informative and educational article.
  • Each of the bankers' arguments is wrong in interesting and informative ways.
  • Players draw cards with informative dino-facts to see which ancient bone they'll retrieve with the special tool.
  • The particles that once seemed impossibly esoteric have become ever more informative.
  • They seem to enjoy nonfiction as much as they enjoy fiction, but a lot of informative books aren't aimed at younger kids.
  • Entertaining, sure, even moderately informative and often correct.
  • Wow, what a totally awesome and informative article.
  • One of these targets had informative value while the other did not.
  • They are informative but above all entertaining, and you can see this one at the end of this post.
  • Thank you for this enlightening, informative article.
British Dictionary definitions for informative


providing information; instructive
Derived Forms
informatively, adverb
informativeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for informative

"instructive," late 14c., "formative, shaping, plastic," from Medieval Latin informativus, from Latin informatus, past participle of informare (see inform). Related: Informatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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