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Usage examples for indicative

  1. This is indicative of a very low social condition, and no man invited to a gentleman's house should leave it until he has made his bow to the head thereof. – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  2. He therefore waited continually in his chamber, and when any of the beauties of the court made their visits to the sick prince, he observed the emotions and alterations in the countenance of Antiochus, and watched for the changes which he knew to be indicative of the inward passions and inclinations of the soul. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  3. The grounds around it were spacious for a city, with box bushes whose size were indicative of their great age. – Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman by Emma Speed Sampson
  4. But Frank had learned, by experience, that silence was not indicative of safety, for it might, at any moment, be broken by the report of muskets, or a sudden demand for surrender from enemies who had followed them so silently that their approach had not been discovered. – Frank on the Lower Mississippi by Harry Castlemon
  5. A dark gloomy sea of scrub without a break in its monotonous surface met our gaze, nor was there a new object of any kind to be seen indicative of a probable change of country. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  6. When a verb is used to indicate or declare or ask a simple question or make any direct statement, it is in the Indicative Mood. – How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
  7. In Virginia we boarded for some time in a family consisting of a widow and her four daughters, and I there witnessed a scene strongly indicative of the effect I have mentioned. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  8. Their complexion is tawny, their eyes large and black, and their expression, when not indicative of discontent, is innocent and wondering as that of a child. – A Lady's Captivity among Chinese Pirates in the Chinese Seas by Fanny Loviot
  9. There was nothing to be seen, however, indicative of the traveler's name. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  10. The entrance of a guard and their march around the prison, although afterward common enough after taps, was then an unusual thing, causing much talk among the prisoners, and to the mind of Rose and his fellow- plotters was indicative of aroused suspicion on the part of the Confederates. – Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War by Various
  11. In the countenance of Gregory Garth, despite his criminal calling- even in his worst moments- there were lines indicative of honesty. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  12. Nose, mouth and chin were clean- cut and indicative of power, while his brow was broad and smooth, with a surface so serene that it might have belonged to a woman. – The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
  13. It was succeeded by a silence solemn and profound; and then, by a murmuring indicative of some surprise- sudden as that which had called forth the shout, but of a less pleasant nature. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  14. There are several modes in English, but only between the indicative and subjunctive modes is the distinction important. – Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
  15. The females asked no questions, and expressed no word indicative of curiosity or surprise, as the strong arm of the Indian lifted his captive into the canoe, and made signs to the elder squaw to push from the shore. – Lost in the Backwoods by Catherine Parr Traill
  16. Which I took to be indicative of a state of mind induced by the rind of that nutritious fruit, rather than any reference to his broken leg. – Men, Women and Guns by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  17. On one side of the figures is a small tree, indicative, I suppose, of the infant growth of the plantation. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  18. " No," her whole expression indicative of surprise. – Love Under Fire by Randall Parrish
  19. I have only to say that as long as I command the Canada, and have a rag of colour to hoist, my proudest day will be when it floats at her mast- head indicative of the presence and commands of the Representative of my King. – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding
  20. If instead of reading it in the imperative mood, we read it in the indicative mood, the sense will be, 'Ye shall hear, but not understand; and ye shall see, but not perceive. – The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election by Robert Wallace
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