Useful vs. Informative - What's the difference?


  • Informative

    informative is anything that further educates someone e.x. book, encyclopedia, or in some cases, the internet


  • Useful (adjective)

    Having a practical or beneficial use.



  • Informative (adjective)

    Providing information; especially, providing useful or interesting information.

    "I read a very informative newspaper article on that subject last week."

  • Informative (adjective)

    Not specifying requirements, but merely providing information.

  • Informative (adjective)

    Formative; having power to form.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Useful (adjective)

    able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways

    "aspirins are useful for headaches"

  • Useful (adjective)

    very able or competent in a particular area

    "a useful pace bowler"

Webster Dictionary

  • Useful (adjective)

    Full of use, advantage, or profit; producing, or having power to produce, good; serviceable for any end or object; helpful toward advancing any purpose; beneficial; profitable; advantageous; as, vessels and instruments useful in a family; books useful for improvement; useful knowledge; useful arts.

  • Informative (adjective)

    Having power to inform, animate, or vivify.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Useful (adjective)

    being of use or service;

    "the girl felt motherly and useful"

    "a useful job"

    "a useful member of society"

  • Useful (adjective)

    of great importance or use or service;

    "useful information"

    "valuable advice"

  • Useful (adjective)

    capable of being turned to use or account;

    "useful applications of calculus"

  • Useful (adjective)

    having a useful function;

    "utilitarian steel tables"

  • Informative (adjective)

    tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance;

    "an enlightening glimpse of government in action"

  • Informative (adjective)

    serving to instruct of enlighten or inform

  • Informative (adjective)

    providing or conveying information



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