Definition of demonstrative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒnstrətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːnstrətɪv//
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  1. 1showing feelings openly, especially feelings of affection Some people are more demonstrative than others. a demonstrative greeting
  2. 2(grammar) used to identify the person or thing that is being referred to ‘This’ and ‘that’ are demonstrative pronouns.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the senses ‘serving as conclusive evidence of’ and ‘making manifest’): from Old French demonstratif, -ive, from Latin demonstrativus, from demonstrare ‘point out’.Extra examples We are a physically demonstrative family. Patrick was not a demonstrative man. We were a very physically demonstrative family, giving lots of hugs and kisses.
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