Definitions for demonstrativedəˈmɒn strə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•mon•stra•tivedəˈmɒn strə tɪv(adj.)

  1. characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc., esp. of love or affection.

  2. serving to demonstrate; explanatory or illustrative.

  3. serving to prove the truth of anything; conclusive.

  4. indicating or singling out the thing referred to. This is a demonstrative pronoun.

    Category: Grammar

  5. (n.)a demonstrative word, as this or


    Category: Grammar

Origin of demonstrative:

1350–1400; < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. demonstrative pronoun, demonstrative(adj)

    a pronoun that points out an intended referent

  2. demonstrative(adj)

    given to or marked by the open expression of emotion

    "an affectionate and demonstrative family"

  3. demonstrative, illustrative(adj)

    serving to demonstrate


  1. demonstrative(Noun)

    A demonstrative adjective.

  2. demonstrative(Noun)

    A demonstrative pronoun.

  3. demonstrative(Adjective)

    that serves to demonstrate, show or prove

  4. demonstrative(Adjective)

    given to open displays of emotion

  5. demonstrative(Adjective)

    that specifies the thing or person referred to

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demonstrative(adj)

    having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively

  2. Demonstrative(adj)

    expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or sentiment; as, her nature was demonstrative

  3. Demonstrative(adj)

    consisting of eulogy or of invective

  4. Demonstrative(noun)

    a demonstrative pronoun; as, "this" and "that" are demonstratives


  1. Demonstrative

    In linguistics, demonstratives are deictic words that indicate which entities the speaker refers to and distinguishes those entities from others. Demonstratives are employed for spatial deixis and for discourse deixis where the meaning is dependent on something other than the relative physical location of the speaker, for example whether something is currently being said or was said earlier. The demonstratives in English are this, that, these, those, yonder, and the archaic yon, along with this one or that one as substitutes for the pronoun use of this or that.

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