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Meaning of demonstrative by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /dɪˈmɒnstɹətɪv/


    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


    demonstrative ( plural: demonstratives )

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

Explanation of demonstrative by Wordnet Dictionary


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

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

    1. a pronoun that points out an intended referent

    Definition of demonstrative by GCIDE Dictionary


    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”.