Definitions for: Demonstrative


[n] a pronoun that points out an intended referent
[adj] given to or marked by the open expression of emotion; "an affectionate and demonstrative family"
[adj] serving to demonstrate



Webster (1913) Definition: De*mon"stra*tive, a. [F. d['e]monstratif, L.
demonstrativus.]
1. Having the nature of demonstration; tending to
demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or
conclusively. ``Demonstrative figures.'' --Dryden.

An argument necessary and demonstrative. --Hooker.

2. Expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or
sentiment; as, her nature was demonstrative.

3. Consisting of eulogy or of invective. ``Demonstrative
eloquence.'' --Blair.

Demonstrative pronoun (Gram.), a pronoun distinctly
designating that to which it refers.


De*mon"stra*tive, n. (Gram.)
A demonstrative pronoun; as, ``this'' and ``that'' are
demonstratives.

Synonyms: demonstrative pronoun, effusive, emotional, gushing(a), gushy, illustrative, informative, instructive

Antonyms: undemonstrative

See Also: pronoun, unreserved

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