- demonstrative late 14c., "characterized by logic, based on logic," from O.Fr. démonstratif (14c.), from L. demonstrativus "pointing out, demonstrating," from pp. stem of demonstrare (see DEMONSTRATION (Cf. demonstration)). Grammatical sense, "pointing out the thing referred to," is mid-15c. Meaning "given to outward expressions of feelings" is from 1819. Demonstrative pronoun is late 16c.
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Demonstrative — 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. [1913 Webster] An argument necessary… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
demonstrative — I (expressive of emotion) adjective communicative, effusive, emotional, emotive, excitable, expressive, fanatical, fervent, feverish, fierce, fiery, free in expression, furious, histrionic, maudlin, overflowing, overwrought, passionate, prone to… … Law dictionary
demonstrative — [di män′strə tiv; ] also [ dem′ən strā΄tiv] adj. [ME & OFr demonstratif < L demonstrativus: see DEMONSTRATE] 1. that demonstrates or shows; illustrative 2. giving convincing evidence or conclusive proof: usually with of 3. having to do with… … English World dictionary
Demonstrative — De*mon stra*tive, n. (Gram.) A demonstrative pronoun; as, this and that are demonstratives. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
demonstrative — [adj1] expressive, communicative affectionate, candid, effusive, emotional, evincive, expansive, explanatory, expository, frank, gushing, histrionic, illustrative, indicative, loving, open, outgoing, outpouring, outspoken, plain, profuse,… … New thesaurus
demonstrative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tending to show one s feelings openly. 2) serving to demonstrate something. 3) Grammar (of a determiner or pronoun) indicating the person or thing referred to (e.g. this, that, those). ► NOUN Grammar ▪ a demonstrative determiner or … English terms dictionary
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Demonstrative — In linguistics, demonstratives are deictic words (they depend on an external frame of reference) that indicate which entities a speaker refers to and distinguishes those entities from others. Demonstratives are employed for spatial deixis (using… … Wikipedia
demonstrative — adj. & n. adj. 1 given to or marked by an open expression of feeling, esp. of affection (a very demonstrative person). 2 (usu. foll. by of) logically conclusive; giving proof (the work is demonstrative of their skill). 3 a serving to point out or … Useful english dictionary
demonstrative — demonstratively, adv. demonstrativeness, n. /deuh mon streuh tiv/, adj. 1. characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one s emotions, attitudes, etc., esp. of love or affection: She wished her fiancé were more demonstrative. 2 … Universalium