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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.

Origin and Etymology of demonstrative

see demonstrate


First Known Use: 14th century


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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


First Known Use: 15th century

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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