adjective \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

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


  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



: 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


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