Dictionary
2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1demonstrative

adjective de·mon·stra·tive \di-ˈmän(t)-strə-tiv\

: freely and openly showing emotion or feelings

grammar : showing who or what is being referred to

Full Definition of DEMONSTRATIVE

1
a :  demonstrating as real or true
b :  characterized or established by demonstration
2
:  pointing out the one referred to and distinguishing it from others of the same class <demonstrative pronouns>
3
a :  marked by display of feeling
b :  inclined to display feelings openly
de·mon·stra·tive·ly adverb
de·mon·stra·tive·ness noun

Examples of DEMONSTRATIVE

  1. In the phrase this is my hat, the word this is a demonstrative pronoun.
  2. In the phrase give me that book, the word that is a demonstrative adjective.

First Known Use of DEMONSTRATIVE

14th century

2demonstrative

noun

: a word (such as “this,” “that,” “these,” or “those”) that tells who or what is being referred to

Full Definition of DEMONSTRATIVE

:  a demonstrative word or morpheme

First Known Use of DEMONSTRATIVE

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: demonstrative legacyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: demonstrationAll Words Near: demonstrative
April 25, 2015
lissome Hear it
nimble or easily flexed
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears