Definition of Demonstrative

1. Noun. A pronoun that points out an intended referent.

Exact synonyms: Demonstrative Pronoun
Generic synonyms: Pronoun

2. Adjective. Given to or marked by the open expression of emotion. "An affectionate and demonstrative family"

3. Adjective. Serving to demonstrate.
Exact synonyms: Illustrative
Similar to: Informative, Instructive
Derivative terms: Demonstrate, Demonstrate, Illustrate

Definition of Demonstrative

1. a. Having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively.

2. n. A demonstrative pronoun; as, "this" and "that" are demonstratives.

Definition of Demonstrative

1. Adjective. that serves to demonstrate, show or prove ¹

2. Adjective. given to open displays of emotion ¹

3. Adjective. (grammar) that specifies the thing or person referred to ¹

4. Noun. (grammar) A demonstrative adjective. ¹

5. Noun. (grammar) A demonstrative pronoun. ¹

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Definition of Demonstrative

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Demonstrative

demonstration ophthalmoscope
demonstrative (current term)
demonstrative adjective
demonstrative adjectives
demonstrative determiner
demonstrative determiners
demonstrative of(p)
demonstrative pronoun
demonstrative pronouns

Literary usage of Demonstrative

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1. A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Or South-Indian Family of Languages by Robert Caldwell (1875)
"Dr Gundert derives from am or im the Tamil demonstrative adjectives anda, that, inda, ... the intermediate demonstrative base, and the formative m, ..."

2. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius (1859)
"Another form of the demonstrative is IT, used only in poetry. ... Originally the article was a demonstrative pronoun, akin to the pronoun of the third ..."

3. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by James Hadley (1866)
"The word i r¡ то (like Eng. the) was at first a demonstrative pronoun, which afterwards, by gradual weakening of its force, became an article. ..."

4. Elements of Mental Philosophy: Abridged and Designed as a Text-book for by Thomas Cogswell Upham (1852)
"CHAPTER X. demonstrative REASONING. § 185. Of the subjects of demonstrative reasoning. IN the remarks which have hitherto been made, the subject of ..."

5. Lectures Read to the Seniors in Harvard College by Edward Tyrrel Channing, Richard Henry Dana (1856)
"demonstrative ORATORY. ONE characteristic of a parliamentary debate and of ... The case is different with respect to a demonstrative oration ; for this is ..."

6. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"... (since science proceeds by demonstrative reasoning) every science has its principles. The principles, then, on which the truths of science depend cannot ..."

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