What does demonstrative mean?

Definitions for demonstrativedəˈmɒn strə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word demonstrative.

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

  5. Origin: [F. dmonstratif, L. demonstrativus.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demonstrative in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demonstrative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Bacon:

    If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant to attain , in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks.

Images & Illustrations of demonstrative

  1. demonstrativedemonstrativedemonstrative

Translations for demonstrative

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • нагледен, показателен, демонстративенBulgarian
  • demonstrativGerman
  • εκδηλωτικός, δεικτικόςGreek
  • avoin, valaiseva, avomielinen, demonstratiivi, demonstratiivinenFinnish
  • démonstratifFrench
  • taispeántachIrish
  • ábendingIcelandic
  • påpeikandeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • påpekendeNorwegian
  • demonstrativRomanian
  • нагля́дный, демонстрати́вный, указа́тельный, показа́тельныйRussian

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