Definition of Indicative

1. Noun. A mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact.

Exact synonyms: Common Mood, Declarative, Declarative Mood, Fact Mood, Indicative Mood
Generic synonyms: Modality, Mode, Mood
Derivative terms: Declarative

2. Adjective. Relating to the mood of verbs that is used simple in declarative statements. "Indicative mood"
Exact synonyms: Declarative
Category relationships: Grammar
Derivative terms: Declarative
Partainyms: Declarative Mood, Indicative Mood

3. Adjective. (usually followed by 'of') pointing out or revealing clearly. "Actions indicative of fear"
Exact synonyms: Indicatory, Revelatory, Significative, Suggestive
Similar to: Revealing
Derivative terms: Indicate, Indicate, Indicate, Suggest

Definition of Indicative

1. a. Pointing out; bringing to notice; giving intimation or knowledge of something not visible or obvious.

2. n. The indicative mood.

Definition of Indicative

1. Adjective. serving as a sign, indication or suggestion of something ¹

2. Adjective. (grammar) of, or relating to the indicative mood ¹

3. Noun. (grammar) the indicative mood ¹

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Definition of Indicative

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Medical Definition of Indicative

1. That indicates, that points out more or less exactly, that reveals fairly clearly. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Indicative

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Literary usage of Indicative

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1. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1916)
"Unreal indicative. — The past tenses of the indicative with âv ... The unreal indicative is thus merely a form of the past potential. ..."

2. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"Particularly important is the nced of simply- indicative evidence ... to pay spontaneous attendance: on the ground of the simply-indicative evidence, ..."

3. Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association by American philological association (1897)
"A Note on faxo with the Future indicative in Plautus, by Professor Sidney ... "There is no certain instance of the future indicative afar faxo in Plautus. ..."

4. Syntax of Early Latin by Charles Edwin Bennett (1910)
"The Indo-European imperfect indicative transferred to the past the kind of action ... The imperfect indicative formation of Indo-European has disappeared in ..."

5. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough (1916)
"MOODS indicative MOOD 437. The indicative is the mood of direct assertions or ... The indicative is sometimes used where the English idiom would suggest the ..."

6. A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges by George Martin Lane (1903)
"In a main sentence, the indicative present, future, and future perfect, and the imperative, are called Primary Tenses; the indicative imperfect, ..."

7. Classical Philology by University of Chicago press, JSTOR (Organization) (1906)
"THE SYNTAX OF THE IMPERFECT indicative IN EARLY LATIN BY ARTHUR LESLIE WHEELER In his ... The functions of the imperfect indicative in early Latin may be ..."

8. The Classical World by Classical Association of the Atlantic States (1916)
"In the first of these sentences the causal shading, of course, calls for the subjunctive; the repeated action of the second demands the indicative; ..."

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