Hypertext Webster Gateway: "indicative"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Indicative \In*dic"a*tive\, n. (Gram.)
The indicative mood.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Indicative \In*dic"a*tive\, a. [L. indicativus: cf. F.
1. Pointing out; bringing to notice; giving intimation or
knowledge of something not visible or obvious.

That truth is productive of utility, and utility
indicative of truth, may be thus proved. --Bp.

2. (Fine Arts) Suggestive; representing the whole by a part,
as a fleet by a ship, a forest by a tree, etc.

{Indicative mood} (Gram.), that mood or form of the verb
which indicates, that is, which simply affirms or denies
or inquires; as, he writes; he is not writing; has the
mail arrived?

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (grammar) relating to the mood of verbs that is used simple
declarative statements; "indicative mood" [syn: {declarative}]
2: having a covert or special meaning [syn: {significative}, {suggestive}]
n : a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or
state as an objective fact [syn: {indicative mood}, {declarative
mood}, {declarative}, {common mood}, {fact mood}]

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