from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Conveying knowledge or information; enlightening.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to instruct or inform; conveying knowledge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Conveying knowledge; serving to instruct or inform.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective conveying knowledge, information or instruction.
  • noun linguistics A case in the Finnish language. It expresses the means or the instrument used to perform an action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective serving to instruct or enlighten or inform


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instruct + -ive


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