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[in-struhk-tiv] /ɪnˈstrʌk tɪv/
serving to instruct or inform; conveying instruction, knowledge, or information; enlightening.
Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate means by which.
Origin of instructive
1605-15; instruct + -ive
Related forms
instructively, adverb
instructiveness, noun
noninstructive, adjective
noninstructively, adverb
noninstructiveness, noun
overinstructive, adjective
overinstructively, adverb
overinstructiveness, noun
uninstructive, adjective
uninstructively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for instructive
  • The segment never aired but the experience was instructive-only not in the way my motley friends intended.
  • Thank you for this wonderful and instructive article.
  • Screens are made and used in instructive and destructive ways.
  • In other words, the process is much more instructive than the substance.
  • Comparisons with other instruments are instructive but do not answer all questions.
  • But the story of this particular medicine is instructive.
  • Recognizing what those adaptations might be could be helpful or otherwise instructive.
  • It is instructive to see how quickly evolutionists were to jump on a fossil finding that they believe proves their theory.
  • The comment train following the article is also instructive.
  • It's instructive that the ozone layer is mentioned here.
British Dictionary definitions for instructive


serving to instruct or enlighten; conveying information
Derived Forms
instructively, adverb
instructiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for instructive

1610s, from instruct + -ive. Related: Instructively; instructiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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