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demonstrative

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

Definition of demonstrative

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

  2. 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. 3a :  marked by display of feeling made a demonstrative gestureb :  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

see demonstrate


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demonstrative

noun de·mon·stra·tive

Definition of demonstrative

grammar

  1. :  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

see demonstrate

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


DEMONSTRATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

demonstrative

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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

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

Definition of demonstrative for Students

  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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