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

Kate and Meghan have, in their public appearance, been sure to squash rumors again and again about any reports that there might be a feud between them, raving about each other and being kind and demonstrative. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana's Former Butler Weighs in on Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle," 6 Feb. 2019 Anderson, one of the game’s great tinkerers, focused for much of the past year on being more demonstrative on court to keep himself in the moment. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Wimbledon: After Many, Many Hours, Kevin Anderson Beats John Isner in the Semifinals," 13 July 2018 The red-hot Samford University baseball team extended its winning streak to nine consecutive games Tuesday as the Bulldogs blasted four home runs and accumulated 18 hits in a demonstrative 12-3 home victory against the No. Samford Athletics, AL.com, "Samford baseball earns dominant 12-3 home victory against No. 21 Auburn," 10 Apr. 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 But there has been demonstrative change within transportation. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Renewable Energy Will Grow Massively Across The Globe by 2023, Says IEA Report," 9 Oct. 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. 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

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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)

formal : 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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