Sometimes people say something with no true intention to inform their audience but for a covert intention other than that. In such cases, we may say, the information, as well as the informant, is manipulative. For example, we are told by the producer that a product has such and such good points, while her real intention is to make us buy it, and not just to let us know that the product has such and such good points.

Some other times people say something just to inform their intended audience, to share whit her what they think as true; they simply want their audience to know about whatever it is they are talking about. In such cases, information is not manipulative, it is just for the sake of informing, just for the sake of sharing the truth with the audience, just to let her know the thing whatever it is. What is a right word (adjective) to describe such kind of information.

Some examples are parents who inform their children in order to let them know things, good teacher when they inform students, and doctors when they inform patients.

One may simply say "non-manipulative information", but then it also covers unintentional information too. Besides, if we call it "truthful information", then manipulative information sometimes is true/truthful too.

So what we call a piece of information that is truly for informing.

  • Well, the other 'information' might be 'backstory' or 'context' Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:05
  • @marcellothearcane What other information ?
    – Sasan
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:07
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    @Sasan that's damning by faint praise Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:16
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    A difficulty of finding an acceptable word or phrase for this is that you're not describing a property of the information but of the speaker's intent or of the information's impact on the receiver. As mentioned above this is a question of pragmatics and, specifically, speech acts. I would say such information is the products of statements in which the primary illocutionary force was assertive or informative.
    – MDHunter
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:18
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    "straight talk" comes to mind, but I think that also has connotations of speech "with no frills", as opposed to just making a statement about the truth of what is being said. EDIT: Never mind, that can't be used to describe information anyway.
    – smheidrich
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:29

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My first thought was informative but you seem to have discounted that in favor of something informative that is specifically provided without purpose, perhaps other than an educational (my next thought) purpose.

I've heard the term pure research used as the opposite of applied research, so I looked into that and found a Wikipedia article on basic research (same as pure research).

So, perhaps you could use pure information or, as suggested by the Wikipedia article, fundamental.

Lastly, I thought of abstract as in:

1.2 Not based on a particular instance; theoretical.

Hopefully, one of these can at least get you closer to what you're looking for.


Perhaps you're looking for enlightenment or wisdom? Both of these retain a positive connotation.

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    But the title asks for a neutral informing, bare facts. Telling someone that the Elbonians have a water-polo tournament next month is merely peddling facts. Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 21:30

What do you think of signification ? :
1. Meaning or significance, especially of a word.
2. The action or process of signifying: a theory of signification.

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