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demonstrative

[duh-mon-struh-tiv] /dəˈmɒn strə tɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc., especially of love or affection:
She wished her fiancé were more demonstrative.
2.
serving to demonstrate; explanatory or illustrative.
3.
serving to prove the truth of anything; indubitably conclusive.
4.
Grammar. indicating or singling out the thing referred to. This is a demonstrative pronoun.
noun
5.
Grammar. a demonstrative word, as this or there.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English demonstratif (< Middle French) < Latin dēmonstrātīvus, equivalent to dēmonstrāt(us) (see demonstrate) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
demonstratively, adverb
demonstrativeness, noun
nondemonstrative, adjective
nondemonstratively, adverb
nondemonstrativeness, noun
predemonstrative, adjective
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Examples for demonstratives
  • With do, demonstratives turn into the corresponding question form.
  • The proximal demonstratives do not have clear anaphoric uses.
British Dictionary definitions for demonstratives

demonstrative

/dɪˈmɒnstrətɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to manifest or express one's feelings easily or unreservedly
2.
(postpositive) foll by of. serving as proof; indicative
3.
involving or characterized by demonstration a demonstrative lecture
4.
conclusive; indubitable demonstrative arguments
5.
(grammar) denoting or belonging to a class of determiners used to point out the individual referent or referents intended, such as this, that, these, and those Compare interrogative, relative
noun
6.
(grammar) a demonstrative word or construction
Derived Forms
demonstratively, adverb
demonstrativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for demonstratives
demonstrative
late 14c., "that shows something," from Fr. démonstratif (14c.), from L. demonstrativus, from pp. stem of demonstrare (see demonstration). Meaning "given to outward expressions of feelings" is from 1819. Demonstrative pronoun is late 16c.
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