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demonstrative

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

Simple Definition of demonstrative

  • : freely and openly showing emotion or feelings

  • grammar : showing who or what is being referred to

Full Definition of demonstrative

  1. 1 a :  demonstrating as real or true b :  characterized or established by demonstration

  2. 2 :  pointing out the one referred to and distinguishing it from others of the same class <demonstrative pronouns>

  3. 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.



14th Century

First Known Use of demonstrative

14th century


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demonstrative

noun de·mon·stra·tive

Simple Definition of demonstrative

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

Full Definition of demonstrative

  1. :  a demonstrative word or morpheme

15th Century

First Known Use of demonstrative

15th century

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DEMONSTRATIVE Defined for Kids

demonstrative

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

Definition of demonstrative

  1. 1 :  pointing out the one referred to and showing that it differs from others <In “this is my dog” and “that is their dog,” “this” and “that” are demonstrative pronouns.>

  2. 2 :  showing feeling freely <a demonstrative person>





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