Definition of instructive in English:



  • Useful and informative:

    ‘it is instructive to compare the two projects’
    • ‘Aside from the freedom and joy these drawings radiate, their simplicity is instructive.’
    • ‘History in America has basically become inspirational, not instructive.’
    • ‘It is instructive to compare the operation of the essentially similar institutions in Sweden and Denmark.’
    • ‘As for the seats themselves, it's instructive to read the Royal Commission report.’
    • ‘For these assertions are instructive just because they reveal some of the less obvious effects of a denial of human rights.’
    • ‘It is instructive to compare Dawson's version of a song with that of a more highly regarded singer.’
    • ‘That would give other failed institutions an encouraging and instructive example.’
    • ‘I personally found it instructive and helpful, as I think all those who have taken the course so far.’
    • ‘Indeed the lines of thinking in different epochs provide instructive examples of the science of the day.’
    • ‘Here they are stifled by large pictures of lesser quality, although the juxtapositions are instructive.’
    • ‘This favourable environment has produced a usefully instructive specimen of the democratic species.’
    • ‘The extend thanks to the organisers for a very instructive and enjoyable day.’
    • ‘It is instructive to compare ball speeds and distances in cricket and hockey.’
    • ‘To understand this on a practical level it may be instructive to turn to an example.’
    • ‘Simkin's hand as an editor is present in helpful and instructive ways in this collection.’
    • ‘This book is deeply interesting to read while still being informative and instructive.’
    • ‘It is instructive, for example, to visit a Vietnamese city, and experience how agreeable it is.’
    • ‘I hope you've found it as instructive reading the posts as I've found it writing them.’
    • ‘It is instructive to apply the book's thesis to Scotland - too often wrongly lumped in with England.’
    • ‘It also is instructive as an example of the gray areas that are inherent in the discipline.’
    informative, instructional, informational, illuminating, enlightening, revealing, explanatory, telling
    educational, educative, edifying, didactic, pedagogic, doctrinal, preceptive, improving, heuristic
    moralistic, homiletic
    useful, helpful
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