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 Dictionary entry overview: What does informative mean? 

INFORMATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INFORMATIVE has 3 senses:

1. tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance
2. serving to instruct of enlighten or inform
3. providing or conveying information

  Familiarity information: INFORMATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INFORMATIVE (adjective)

Sense 1informative [BACK TO TOP]


Tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance


enlightening; illuminating; informative

Context examples:

an enlightening glimpse of government in action / an illuminating lecture

Sense 2informative [BACK TO TOP]


Serving to instruct of enlighten or inform


instructive; informative


explanatory (serving or intended to explain or make clear)

expositive; expository (serving to expound or set forth)

interpretative; interpretive (that provides interpretation)

ostensive (manifestly demonstrative)

educational (providing knowledge)

educative (resulting in education)

doctrinaire (stubbornly insistent on theory without regard for practicality or suitability)

didactic; didactical (instructive (especially excessively))

demonstrative; illustrative (serving to demonstrate)

clarifying; elucidative (that makes clear)

preachy (inclined to or marked by tedious moralization)


informative; informatory (providing or conveying information)

Sense 3informative [BACK TO TOP]


Providing or conveying information


informatory; informative


advisory; consultative; consultatory; consultive (giving advice)

exemplifying; illustrative (clarifying by use of examples)

newsy (full of news)

revealing; telling; telltale (disclosing unintentionally)


informative; instructive (serving to instruct of enlighten or inform)


uninformative (lacking information)

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