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Pronunciation:  in'struktiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  serving to instruct of enlighten or inform
  2. [adj]  tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance; "an enlightening glimpse of government in action"

INSTRUCTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: clarifying, demonstrative, didactic, didactical, doctrinaire, educational, educative, elucidative, enlightening, explanatory, expositive, expository, illustrative, informative, interpretative, interpretive, ostensive
 Antonyms: unenlightening, uninformative, uninstructive
 See Also: informatory



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*struct"ive\, a. [Cf. F. instructif.]
Conveying knowledge; serving to instruct or inform; as,
experience furnishes very instructive lessons. --Addison.

      In various talk the instructive hours they past.
-- {In*struct"ive*ly}, adv. -- {In*struct"ive*ness}, n.

      The pregnant instructiveness of the Scripture. --Boyle.

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