informative

Use the adjective informative to describe something that gives you some kind of useful information, like an informative book about identifying the mushrooms you find growing wild in the woods near your house.

When something is informative, it's usually educational and full of facts — like an informative text book or an informative tour of the Hindu temples of northern India. If you learn a lot from something, you can call it informative. The Latin root of informative is the word informare, which means "to shape, train, instruct, or educate." Something that does those things for you is informative.

Definitions of informative
  1. adjective
    serving to instruct or enlighten or inform
    synonyms: instructive
    informatory
    providing or conveying information
    clarifying, elucidative
    that makes clear
    demonstrative, illustrative
    serving to demonstrate
    didactic, didactical
    instructive (especially excessively)
    doctrinaire
    stubbornly insistent on theory without regard for practicality or suitability
    educative
    resulting in education
    educational
    providing knowledge
    explanatory
    serving or intended to explain or make clear
    expositive, expository
    serving to expound or set forth
    interpretative, interpretive
    that provides interpretation
    ostensive
    manifestly demonstrative
    preachy
    inclined to or marked by tedious moralization
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    Antonyms:
    uninstructive
    failing to instruct
  2. adjective
    tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance
    synonyms: enlightening, illuminating
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    Antonyms:
    unenlightening, unilluminating
    failing to inform or clarify
  3. adjective
    providing or conveying information
    synonyms: informatory
    advisory, consultative, consultatory, consultive
    giving advice
    exemplifying, illustrative
    clarifying by use of examples
    newsy
    full of news
    revealing, telling, telltale
    disclosing unintentionally
    instructive
    serving to instruct or enlighten or inform
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    Antonyms:
    uninformative
    lacking information
    newsless
    not providing news or information
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