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demonstrative

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

Definition of demonstrative

1 a :demonstrating as real or true
b :characterized or established by demonstration
2 grammar :pointing out the one referred to and distinguishing it from others of the same class (as in that in "that house")
  • demonstrative pronouns
  • demonstrative adjectives
3 a :marked by display of feeling
  • made a demonstrative gesture
b :inclined to display feelings openly
  • a demonstrative preacher

demonstratively

adverb

demonstrativeness

noun

Examples of demonstrative in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of demonstrative


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demonstrative

noun

Definition of demonstrative

grammar
:a word or morpheme pointing out the one referred to and distinguishing it from others of the same class :a demonstrative (see 1demonstrative 2) word or morpheme
  • the demonstratives "this," "that," "these," and "those"

Origin and Etymology of demonstrative

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DEMONSTRATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

demonstrative

adjective

Definition of demonstrative for English Language Learners

  • : freely and openly showing emotion or feelings

  • grammar : showing who or what is being referred to


demonstrative

noun

Definition of demonstrative for English Language Learners

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


DEMONSTRATIVE Defined for Kids

demonstrative

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

Definition of demonstrative for Students

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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