An indication is a sign––it indicates, or suggests, some conclusion. The way you blush furiously when a certain someone talks to you is an indication that you have a crush on them.

An indication is like a clue, or a suggestion, but it's not proof. If someone is weaving all over the place when they walk, that could be an indication that they’re drunk. But then again, it could indicate an inner-ear infection that has ruined their balance. The verb, indicate, literally means to point out, by using your index finger. But indications don’t require actual fingers pointing to a cause.

Definitions of indication

n the act of indicating or pointing out by name

Type of:
the verbal act of naming

n something that serves to indicate or suggest

“an indication of foul play”
indications of strain”
Domesday Book
record of a British census and land survey in 1085-1086 ordered by William the Conqueror
Combined DNA Index System
the DNA file maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Parallel Lives
a collection of biographies of famous pairs of Greeks and Romans written by Plutarch; used by Shakespeare in writing some of his plays
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something done as an indication of intention
an indication that makes something evident
shadow, tincture, trace, vestige
an indication that something has been present
anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence
signalisation, signalization
a conspicuous indication
pointing out
indication by demonstration
a manifest indication of the existence or presence or nature of some person or thing
mark, print
a visible indication made on a surface
a vague indication
forerunner, harbinger, herald, precursor, predecessor
something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
clue, hint
a slight indication
an indication of some hidden activity
beau geste
a gracious (but usually meaningless) gesture
smoking gun
indisputable evidence (especially of a crime)
clew, clue, cue
evidence that helps to solve a problem
a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
footmark, footprint, step
a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
footprint evidence
evidence in the form of footprints
a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important
a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events
testimonial, testimony
something that serves as evidence
argument, statement
a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
the evidence by which something is attested
a mark on a coin that identifies the mint where it was produced
a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
hoof mark, hoof-mark, hoofprint
a visible impression on a surface made by the hoof of an animal
a mark that is long relative to its width
evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing
in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
Type of:
something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

n (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure

“the presence of bacterial infection was an indication for the use of antibiotics”
(medicine) a reason that makes it inadvisable to prescribe a particular drug or employ a particular procedure or treatment
Type of:
a fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion

n something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary

“there were indications that it was time to leave”
Type of:
a proposal for an appropriate course of action

n a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument

“the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm”
meter reading, reading
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clock time, time
a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
miles per hour, mph
a speedometer reading for the momentary rate of travel
SCLK, spacecraft clock time
the clock time given by a clock carried on board a spacecraft
prime time
the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. when the largest tv audience is available
hour, time of day
clock time
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data point, datum
an item of factual information derived from measurement or research

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