- characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc., especially of love or affection: She wished her fiancé were more demonstrative.
- serving to demonstrate; explanatory or illustrative.
- serving to prove the truth of anything; indubitably conclusive.
- Grammar. indicating or singling out the thing referred to. This is a demonstrative pronoun.
- Grammar. a demonstrative word, as this or there.
Origin of demonstrative
Examples from the Web for demonstrative
There is something about a clown that stays with people: the bright colors, their tendency to be demonstrative.Nightmares in Face Paint: Why We’ll Always Be Afraid of Clowns
October 18, 2014
A decade ago, Junger says, he would not have departed from a strict journalistic style to be demonstrative about himself.Sebastian Junger's War
May 12, 2010
Mr. Locke divides all arguments into demonstrative and probable.
Here both platforms were besieged with demonstrative crowds.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
I offer but the outline of this view; but to me the proof is demonstrative.
When he first came in he kissed me and spoke kindly to me, but he was not demonstrative.My Antonia
I am not demonstrative toward anybody; I leave that custom to my servants.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
- tending to manifest or express one's feelings easily or unreservedly
- (postpositive foll by of) serving as proof; indicative
- involving or characterized by demonstrationa demonstrative lecture
- conclusive; indubitabledemonstrative arguments
- grammar denoting or belonging to a class of determiners used to point out the individual referent or referents intended, such as this, that, these, and thoseCompare interrogative, relative
- grammar a demonstrative word or construction
Word Origin and History for demonstrative
late 14c., "characterized by logic, based on logic," from Old French démonstratif (14c.), from Latin demonstrativus "pointing out, demonstrating," from past participle stem of demonstrare (see demonstration). Grammatical sense, "pointing out the thing referred to," is mid-15c. Meaning "given to outward expressions of feelings" is from 1819. Demonstrative pronoun is late 16c.