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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
DEMONSTRATIVENESS Defined for Kids

demonstrative

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

Definition of DEMONSTRATIVE for Kids

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
:  showing feeling freely <a demonstrative person>

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