demonstrative

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

Definition of demonstrative 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

3a : marked by display of feeling made a demonstrative gesture

b : inclined to display feelings openly a demonstrative preacher

demonstrative

noun

Definition of demonstrative (Entry 2 of 2)

grammar

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

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Other words from demonstrative

Adjective

demonstratively adverb
demonstrativeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for demonstrative

Synonyms: Adjective

effusive, emotional, touchy-feely, uninhibited, unreserved, unrestrained

Antonyms: Adjective

inhibited, reserved, restrained, undemonstrative, unemotional

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Examples of demonstrative in a Sentence

Adjective

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: Adjective

He was asked about LaVar Ball after the demonstrative dad told ESPN that the Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton, a dear Kerr friend and former top assistant with the Warriors. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors coach Steve Kerr: LaVar Ball 'the Kardashian of the NBA'," 9 Jan. 2018 He was asked about LaVar Ball after the demonstrative dad told ESPN that the Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton, a dear Kerr friend and former top assistant with the Warriors. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors coach Steve Kerr: LaVar Ball 'the Kardashian of the NBA'," 9 Jan. 2018 He was asked about LaVar Ball after the demonstrative dad told ESPN that the Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton, a dear Kerr friend and former top assistant with the Warriors. USA TODAY, "Warriors Steve Kerr: LaVar Ball 'the Kardashian of the NBA'," 8 Jan. 2018 Governments rely on a mix of both verbal intent and demonstrative behaviors to signal credibility, which is why North Korea conducted six nuclear tests even after declaring its nuclear status. Washington Post, "The Pentagon has now officially canceled military exercises with South Korea. Here’s what comes next.," 21 June 2018 Replays appeared to show the ball go out of bounds off of Curry, and James was demonstrative in his reaction when the officials gave the Warriors possession. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Tristan Thompson walks out on postgame interview after Steph Curry question," 4 June 2018 As Indiana's lead ballooned from the teens into the 20s, LeBron's direction of the offense grew more demonstrative—almost perturbed. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Victor Oladipo and the Pacers Have Cleveland on the Brink of Disaster," 28 Apr. 2018 Maddox, however, was perhaps the most demonstrative in his comments in response to a question from the audience of about 100 people. Paul Gattis, AL.com, "Arming teachers 'idiotic idea,' Democratic gov candidate says," 5 Apr. 2018 The Aztecs won the Mountain West Tournament championship for the fifth time in six years Saturday night in demonstrative fashion, beating UNLV 14-5 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Aztecs steamroll UNLV to win Mountain West tournament title," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of demonstrative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demonstrative

Adjective

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

Noun

Middle English demonstratyf, borrowed from Late Latin dēmonstrātīvum, noun derivative from neuter of dēmonstrātīvus demonstrative entry 1

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demonstrative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of demonstrative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: freely and openly showing emotion or feelings

grammar : showing who or what is being referred to

demonstrative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demonstrative (Entry 2 of 2)

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

demonstrative

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

Kids Definition of demonstrative

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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