demonstrative

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/dɪˈmɒnstrətɪv/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dəˈmɑnstrətɪv/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(də monstrə tiv)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•mon•stra•tive /dəˈmɑnstrətɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. showing openly one's emotions:a demonstrative parent.
  2. Grammarindicating or singling out the thing referred to:The word this is a demonstrative pronoun and adjective.

n. [countable]
  1. Grammara demonstrative word, as this or there.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
de•mon•stra•tive  (də monstrə tiv),USA pronunciation 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. serving to demonstrate;
    explanatory or illustrative.
  3. serving to prove the truth of anything;
    indubitably conclusive.
  4. Grammarindicating or singling out the thing referred to. This is a demonstrative pronoun.

n. 
  1. Grammara demonstrative word, as this or there.
de•monstra•tive•ly, adv. 
de•monstra•tive•ness, n. 
  • Latin dēmonstrātīvus, equivalent. to dēmonstrāt(us) (see demonstrate) + -īvus -ive
  • Middle French)
  • Middle English demonstratif ( 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
demonstrative /dɪˈmɒnstrətɪv/ adj
  1. tending to manifest or express one's feelings easily or unreservedly
  2. (postpositive) followed by of: serving as proof; indicative
  3. involving or characterized by demonstration
  4. conclusive; indubitable
  5. 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
n
  1. a demonstrative word or construction

deˈmonstratively adv deˈmonstrativeness n
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