[ uhn-duh-mon-struh-tiv ]
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  1. not given to open exhibition or expression of emotion, especially of affection.

Origin of undemonstrative

First recorded in 1840–50; un-1 + demonstrative

Other words for undemonstrative

Other words from undemonstrative

  • un·de·mon·stra·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·de·mon·stra·tive·ness, noun

Words Nearby undemonstrative

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How to use undemonstrative in a sentence

  • But she remembered that Suzette was always undemonstrative, and she did not blame her, after her first disappointment.

    The Quality of Mercy | W. D. Howells
  • She was an undemonstrative girl, though her likes and dislikes were well known to herself.

    Amy in Acadia | Helen Leah Reed

British Dictionary definitions for undemonstrative


/ (ˌʌndɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) /

  1. tending not to show the feelings; of a reserved nature

Derived forms of undemonstrative

  • undemonstratively, adverb
  • undemonstrativeness, noun

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