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demonstrative

[ duh-mon-struh-tiv ]

adjective

  1. 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.

  2. serving to demonstrate; explanatory or illustrative.
  3. serving to prove the truth of anything; indubitably conclusive.
  4. Grammar. indicating or singling out the thing referred to. This is a demonstrative pronoun.


noun

  1. Grammar. a demonstrative word, as this or there.

demonstrative

/ dɪˈmɒnstrətɪv /

adjective

  1. tending to manifest or express one's feelings easily or unreservedly
  2. postpositivefoll byof serving as proof; indicative
  3. involving or characterized by demonstration

    a demonstrative lecture

  4. conclusive; indubitable

    demonstrative arguments

  5. 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 those Compare interrogative relative


noun

  1. grammar a demonstrative word or construction

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Derived Forms

  • deˈmonstratively, adverb
  • deˈmonstrativeness, noun

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Other Words From

  • de·monstra·tive·ly adverb
  • de·monstra·tive·ness noun
  • nonde·monstra·tive adjective
  • nonde·monstra·tive·ly adverb
  • nonde·monstra·tive·ness noun
  • prede·monstra·tive adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of demonstrative1

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

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Example Sentences

Grown-up giraffes just aren’t huggy, cuddling, demonstrative animals.

There is something about a clown that stays with people: the bright colors, their tendency to be demonstrative.

A decade ago, Junger says, he would not have departed from a strict journalistic style to be demonstrative about himself.

Walking with arms encircling waists, or such demonstrative tokens of love, are marks of low breeding.

But perhaps you are a chemist, and proud, as most chemists are, of the accuracy attainable in that most demonstrative science.

A cold reserve on Frederick's part had succeeded the demonstrative affection that had formerly existed between mother and son.

Asused here in its demonstrative meaning, to introduce a parenthetical clause.

She was preternaturally animated and demonstrative at the station—your sex's little guileful way ever since the world began.

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