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Meaning of demonstrative by Wiktionary Dictionary

demonstrative


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /dɪˈmɒnstɹətɪv/

    Adjective

    demonstrative ( comparative more demonstrative, superlative most demonstrative )

    1. that serves to demonstrate, show or prove
    2. given to open displays of emotion
    3. ( grammar ) that specifies the thing or person referred to

    Derived terms

    Noun

    demonstrative ( plural: demonstratives )

    1. ( grammar ) A demonstrative adjective .
    2. ( grammar ) A demonstrative pronoun .


Explanation of demonstrative by Wordnet Dictionary

demonstrative


    Adjective
    1. given to or marked by the open expression of emotion

    2. an affectionate and demonstrative family
    3. serving to demonstrate

    Noun
    1. a pronoun that points out an intended referent



    Definition of demonstrative by GCIDE Dictionary

    demonstrative


    1. Demonstrative a. [F. démonstratif, L. demonstrativus.]
      1. Having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively. “Demonstrative figures.” Dryden.

      An argument necessary and demonstrative. Hooker.

      2. Expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or sentiment; as, “her nature was demonstrative”.

      3. Consisting of eulogy or of invective. “Demonstrative eloquence.” Blair.

      Demonstrative pronoun ( Gram. ), a pronoun distinctly designating that to which it refers.

    2. Demonstrative, n. ( Gram. ) A demonstrative pronoun; as, ““this” and “that” are demonstratives”.