Webster 1913 Edition
indicativus: cf. F.
Pointing out; bringing to notice; giving intimation or knowledge of something not visible or obvious.
That truth is productive of utility, and utility
indicativeof truth, may be thus proved.
Suggestive; representing the whole by a part, as a fleet by a ship, a forest by a tree, etc.
that mood or form of the verb which indicates, that is, which simply affirms or denies or inquires;
is not writing;
The indicative mood.
Webster 1828 Edition
[L. indicativus.] Showing; giving intimation or knowledge of something not visible or obvious. Reserve is not always indicative of modesty; it may be indicative of prudence.
1.In grammar, the indicative mode is the form of the verb that indicates,that is, which affirms or denies; as, he writes, he is writing; they run; we misimprove advantages. It also asks questions; as, has the mail arrived?