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undemonstrative

[ uhn-duh-mon-struh-tiv ]
/ ˌʌn dəˈmɒn strə tɪv /
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adjective
not given to open exhibition or expression of emotion, especially of affection.
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Origin of undemonstrative

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

OTHER WORDS FROM undemonstrative

un·de·mon·stra·tive·ly, adverbun·de·mon·stra·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for undemonstrative

undemonstrative
/ (ˌʌndɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) /

adjective
tending not to show the feelings; of a reserved nature

Derived forms of undemonstrative

undemonstratively, adverbundemonstrativeness, noun
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