un·​de·​mon·​stra·​tive | \ ˌən-di-ˈmän(t)-strə-tiv How to pronounce undemonstrative (audio) \

Definition of undemonstrative

: restrained in expression of feeling : reserved

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Other Words from undemonstrative

undemonstratively adverb
undemonstrativeness noun

Examples of undemonstrative in a Sentence

His father was distant and undemonstrative. an undemonstrative person by nature, he nevertheless loved his wife very much
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First Known Use of undemonstrative

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Undemonstrative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undemonstrative. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undemonstrative

: not showing emotion or feelings in a free and open way : not demonstrative

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