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
indicative2 adj
1.) be indicative of sth
to be a clear sign that a particular situation exists or that something is likely to be true
This behaviour is indicative of her whole attitude, I'm afraid.
2.) technical an indicative verb form is used for making statements

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • 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 > 2. serving to indicate < actions indicative of fear > •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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