1. showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of): behavior indicative of mental disorder.
  2. Grammar. noting or pertaining to the mood of the verb used for ordinary objective statements, questions, etc., as the verb plays in John plays football.Compare imperative(def 3), subjunctive(def 1).

noun Grammar.

  1. the indicative mood.
  2. a verb in the indicative.


  1. (usually postpositive foll by of) serving as a sign; suggestiveindicative of trouble ahead
  2. grammar denoting a mood of verbs used chiefly to make statementsCompare subjunctive (def. 1)


  1. grammar
    1. the indicative mood
    2. a verb in the indicative mood

adj.mid-15c., from Old French indicatif (14c.), from Late Latin indicativus, from indicat-, past participle stem of Latin indicare (see indication).

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