Meaning of “indicative” in the English Dictionary

"indicative" in American English

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indicativenoun [ U ]

us /ɪnˈdɪk·ə·t̬ɪv/

indicative noun [ U ] (GRAMMAR)

grammar the mood (= form) of a verb used in ordinary statements and questions:

In the sentence "We walked home," the verb "walked" is in the indicative.


us /ɪnˈdɪk·ə·t̬ɪv/

indicative adjective (SHOWING)

being or relating to a sign that something exists, is true, or is likely to happen:

Resumption of the talks is indicative of an improved relationship between the countries.

(Definition of “indicative” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"indicative" in Business English

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uk /ɪnˈdɪkətɪv/ us

being a sign that something exists, is true, or will probably happen:

indicative of sth The fall in demand is indicative of a broader trend in consumer spending.

[ before noun ] FINANCE showing how much something will probably cost:

indicative budget/cost

(Definition of “indicative” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)