indicative
I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents the denoted act or state as an objective fact <
the indicative mood
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2. serving to indicate <
actions indicative of fear
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indicatively adverb II. noun Date: 1530 1. the indicative mood of a language 2. a form in the indicative mood

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  • indicative — in|dic|a|tive1 [ınˈdıkətıv] n [U and C] technical the form of a verb that is used to make statements. For example, in the sentences Penny passed her test , and Michael likes cake , the verbs passed and like are in the indicative. indicative 2… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • indicative — [[t]ɪndɪ̱kətɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, usu ADJ of n/wh If one thing is indicative of another, it suggests what the other thing is likely to be. [FORMAL] His action is indicative of growing concern about the shortage of skilled labour …   English dictionary

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