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From instruct +‎ -ive.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈstɹʌktɪv/
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instructive (comparative more instructive, superlative most instructive)

  1. Conveying knowledge, information or instruction.
    Synonyms: didactic, educative, informative, informatory
    Well, that was an instructive lesson.
    • 2021 January 29, John Herrman, “Everything’s a Joke Until It’s Not”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Some commentators have suggested that the activity represented by WallStreetBets and Trumpism are part of the same populist, anti-elite phenomenon, but if Trumpism in general is instructive at all here, it’s as a reminder that self-described anti-elite movements can, in fact, turn out to be much more complicated than that.

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instructive (plural instructives)

  1. (linguistics) A case in the Finnish and Estonian languages. It expresses the means or the instrument used to perform an action.

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  1. feminine singular of instructif