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.

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 demonstratively

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 forms of demonstrative

demonstratively, adverbdemonstrativeness, noun
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