AskDefine | Define instructive

Dictionary Definition

instructive adj
1 serving to instruct of enlighten or inform [syn: informative] [ant: uninstructive]
2 tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance; "an enlightening glimpse of government in action" [syn: enlightening, informative] [ant: unenlightening]

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  1. conveying knowledge, information or instruction.
    • Well, that was an instructive lesson.



  1. A case in the Finnish language. It expresses the means or the instrument used to perform an action.


  • Finnish: instruktiivi

Extensive Definition

In the Finnish language and Estonian language, the instructive case has the basic meaning of "by means of". It is a comparatively rarely used case, though it is found in some commonly used expressions, such as omin silmin -> "with one's own eyes".
In modern Finnish, many of its instrumental uses are being superseded by the adessive case, as in "minä matkustin junalla" -> "I travelled by train."
It is also used with Finnish verbal second infinitives to mean "by", for example "lentäen" -> "by flying", "by air".
In Turkish, the suffix -le is used for this purpose. Ex: Trenle geldim "I came via train".
instructive in German: Instruktiv
instructive in Spanish: Caso instructivo
instructive in French: Enseignement
instructive in Finnish: Instruktiivi
instructive in Swedish: Instruktiv
instructive in Wolof: Njàngale

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