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instructive

[in-struhk-tiv] /ɪnˈstrʌk tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to instruct or inform; conveying instruction, knowledge, or information; enlightening.
2.
Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate means by which.
Origin
1605-1615
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
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  • 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

instructive

/ɪnˈstrʌktɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to instruct or enlighten; conveying information
Derived Forms
instructively, adverb
instructiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for instructive
adj.

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

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