V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: indicating existence, pointing out or revealing clearly

Synonyms: indicating, suggesting, suggestive, denotative, representative, characteristic


Tips: You will often hear indicative used in the following phrase: "something was or is indicative of...". This translates to "something seems to indicate, demonstrate, or represent." Indicative is also a grammatical term which describes the mood of a verb. Something that is indicative indicates, or shows.

Usage Examples:

I don't think that the real estate boom we're seeing in California is indicative of what's happening in other parts of the country. (representative, characteristic)

Andrew feels that the poor financial reports are indicative of a worsening economy. (suggestive, denotative)

Her strong words were indicative of a bad mood, not her general demeanor. (suggestive, representative)

The recent meetings seem to be indicative of improved relations between the two countries. (suggestive, denotative)

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