In the phrase “this is my hat,” the word “this” is a demonstrative pronoun.
In the phrase “give me that book,” the word “that” is a demonstrative adjective.
Recent Examples on the Web
Infants’ ability to receive and send direct gazes is thought to be demonstrative of how children process social information.—Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 The story’s romance is warmly inviting, and DiCaprio and Gladstone work beautifully together, their different performance styles — Ernest is physically demonstrative while Mollie is reserved — creating a contrapuntal whole.—Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 The demonstrative elimination of Prigozhin and the Wagner command two months after the coup attempt is a signal from Putin to Russia's elites ahead of the 2024 elections.—Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 23 Aug. 2023 The team’s most demonstrative ultra group, the F Side, began to hurl flares onto the field in protest.—Rory Smith, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 While dad can be quite demonstrative, son is still developing a louder voice to go with his ability to
lead by example.—Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Aug. 2023 The Ravens haven’t had an offensive coordinator as demanding and demonstrative since Gary Kubiak put up record numbers in 2014.—Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2023 Not for the first time, the demonstrative cleverness of his storytelling can seem too precise, too hermetically sealed and engineered, for a sense of raw collective devastation to fully take hold.—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 A week from Monday at Oracle Park, the former San Francisco Giants closer is likely to have his most demonstrative moments yet, at least judging by a simple session of throwing on the backfield at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday.—Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Mar. 2023
Johnny and Ponyboy are also unusually physical demonstrative.—Charles McNultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2023 See More
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Middle English demonstratyf "based on logic, pointing out (of a pronoun)," borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French demonstratif, borrowed from Late Latin dēmonstrātīvus "pointing out (of a pronoun), able to prove" (Latin, "displaying—in rhetoric"), from Latin dēmonstrātus, past participle of dēmonstrāre "to indicate, show, demonstrate" + -īvus-ive
Middle English demonstratyf, borrowed from Late Latin dēmonstrātīvum, noun derivative from neuter of dēmonstrātīvusdemonstrative entry 1