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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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  • The radio was not only operative, but proved most informative as well.

    The Image and the Likeness John Scott Campbell
  • The first and second are informative, explicative, they take in and dothe other gives out.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • In that it serves to illuminate the study of the progress of civilization, it has an informative purpose.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • informative and argumentative introductions are quite usual.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • It was interesting and informative to note the names and numbers of members of our race from these different States.

British Dictionary definitions for informative


providing information; instructive
Derived Forms
informatively, adverb
informativeness, noun
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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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