demonstrative

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

adjective

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.

noun

Grammar. a demonstrative word, as this or there.

Nearby words

  1. demonstrable,
  2. demonstrant,
  3. demonstrate,
  4. demonstration,
  5. demonstration model,
  6. demonstrative pronouns,
  7. demonstrator,
  8. demonym,
  9. demoralize,
  10. demoralizing

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

demonstrative

/ (dɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) /

adjective

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

noun

grammar a demonstrative word or construction
Derived Formsdemonstratively, adverbdemonstrativeness, noun

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