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Definition of indicative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not usually before noun] indicative (of something) (formal) showing or suggesting something Their failure to act is indicative of their lack of interest. AWL Collocationsindicateindicate verbdata, evidence finding, result study analysis, researchThe data indicate that UVA radiation exerts harmful effects on these organisms.correlation differenceComparison of color intensity with lead concentration indicated no correlation.presence willingness preference extent importanceField studies indicate the importance of feathers in nest linings.clearly strongly reliably (not) necessarilyThese two examples clearly indicate that the potential incomes from market gardening are considerable.otherwiseUnless otherwise indicated, information presented in the article is based on interviews.indication nounclear strong reliable slight early, preliminary outwardThere are strong indications that the situation is changing.give, offer, provide, yield reveal, show find seeRed markings at the top of the gauge give an easy indication that water levels are too high.point to suggestAll indications point to the fact that we have to address the issue as quickly as possible.indicative adjectivestrongly (not) necessarilyHeavy snoring and periods of stopped breathing are strongly indicative of sleep apnea.indicator nouna sign that shows you what something is like or how a situation is changingaccurate, reliable unreliable keyBrand awareness is a key indicator of a brand's strength.economic, macroeconomic socioeconomic behavioral performanceLiving standards, defined by economic indicators such as wages, increased steadily.point to, signal, suggestAccording to the report, there are currently no indicators suggesting this trend will change in the short-term.
  2. 2[only before noun] (grammar) stating a fact
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