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 Dictionary entry overview: What does instructive mean? 

INSTRUCTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INSTRUCTIVE has 1 sense:

1. serving to instruct of enlighten or inform

  Familiarity information: INSTRUCTIVE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INSTRUCTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1instructive [BACK TO TOP]


Serving to instruct of enlighten or inform


instructive; informative


preachy (inclined to or marked by tedious moralization)

ostensive (manifestly demonstrative)

interpretative; interpretive (that provides interpretation)

expositive; expository (serving to expound or set forth)

explanatory (serving or intended to explain or make clear)

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)


informative; informatory (providing or conveying information)


uninstructive (failing to instruct)

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