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INDICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indication mean? 

INDICATION (noun)
  The noun INDICATION has 5 senses:

1. something that serves to indicate or suggest
2. the act of indicating or pointing out by name
3. (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure
4. something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary
5. a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument

  Familiarity information: INDICATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDICATION (noun)


Sense 1indication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that serves to indicate or suggest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

indicant; indication

Context examples:

an indication of foul play / indications of strain / symptoms are the prime indicants of disease

Hypernyms ("indication" is a kind of...):

communication (something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "indication"):

clue; hint (a slight indication)

forerunner; harbinger; herald; precursor (an indication of the approach of something or someone)

glimpse (a vague indication)

mark; print (a visible indication made on a surface)

manifestation (a manifest indication of the existence or presence or nature of some person or thing)

pointing out (indication by demonstration)

signalisation; signalization (a conspicuous indication)

symptom (anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence)

shadow; tincture; trace; vestige (an indication that something has been present)

evidence (an indication that makes something evident)

gesture (something done as an indication of intention)

smoke (an indication of some hidden activity)


Sense 2indication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of indicating or pointing out by name

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

denotation; indication

Hypernyms ("indication" is a kind of...):

naming (the verbal act of naming)


Sense 3indication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the presence of bacterial infection was an indication for the use of antibiotics

Hypernyms ("indication" is a kind of...):

reason (a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Antonym:

contraindication ((medicine) a reason that makes it inadvisable to prescribe a particular drug or employ a particular procedure or treatment)


Sense 4indication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

there were indications that it was time to leave

Hypernyms ("indication" is a kind of...):

advice (a proposal for an appropriate course of action)


Sense 5indication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

meter reading; reading; indication

Context examples:

he could not believe the meter reading / the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm

Hypernyms ("indication" is a kind of...):

data point; datum (an item of factual information derived from measurement or research)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "indication"):

clock time; time (the time as given by a clock)

miles per hour; mph (a speedometer reading for the momentary rate of travel)


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