[ duh-mon-struh-tiv ]
/ dəˈmɒn strə tɪv /
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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.



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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Origin of demonstrative

1350–1400; Middle English demonstratif (<Middle French ) <Latin dēmonstrātīvus, equivalent to dēmonstrāt(us) (see demonstrate) + -īvus-ive

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British Dictionary definitions for demonstrative

/ (dɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) /


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

Derived forms of demonstrative

demonstratively, adverbdemonstrativeness, noun
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