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[in-dik-uh-tiv] /ɪnˈdɪk ə tɪv/

showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of):
behavior indicative of mental disorder.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to the mood of the verb used for ordinary objective statements, questions, etc., as the verb plays in John plays football.
Compare (def 3), (def 1).
noun, Grammar.
the indicative mood.
a verb in the indicative.
(usually postpositive) foll by of. serving as a sign; suggestive: indicative of trouble ahead
(grammar) denoting a mood of verbs used chiefly to make statements Compare subjunctive (sense 1)


mid-15c., from Old French indicatif (14c.), from Late Latin indicativus, from indicat-, past participle stem of Latin indicare (see indication).


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