Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving to manifest or prove.
  • adj. Involving or characterized by demonstration.
  • adj. Given to or marked by the open expression of emotion: an affectionate and demonstrative family.
  • adj. Grammar Specifying or singling out the person or thing referred to: the demonstrative pronouns these and that.
  • n. Grammar A demonstrative pronoun or adjective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. that serves to demonstrate, show or prove
  • adj. given to open displays of emotion
  • adj. that specifies the thing or person referred to
  • n. A demonstrative adjective.
  • n. A demonstrative pronoun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively.
  • adj. Expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or sentiment.
  • adj. Consisting of eulogy or of invective.
  • n. A demonstrative pronoun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exhibiting or indicating with clearness: as, a demonstrative figure in painting.
  • In rhetoric, expressing or explaining with clearness, force, and beauty.
  • Characterized by or given to the strong exhibition of any feeling or quality; energetically expressive: as, a demonstrative manner; a demonstrative person.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of proof; having the power of proving or demonstrating; indubitably conclusive: as, a demonstrative argument; demonstrative reasoning.
  • n. A demonstrative pronoun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving to demonstrate
  • adj. given to or marked by the open expression of emotion
  • n. a pronoun that points out an intended referent

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Certainty depends so wholly on this intuition, that, in the next degree of knowledge which I call demonstrative, this intuition is necessary in all the connexions of the intermediate ideas, without which we cannot attain knowledge and certainty.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • The two sisters, with the most virtuous emulation, vied with each other in demonstrative affection, till he was tolerably consoled.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • Normally when I use the word demonstrative on my blog I use it very loosely, it is a word I happen to love and on the level that I have written about myself up until now the context in which I have I used it is always simply to mean that I am not an affectionate person.

    Corinna Carlson aka Gus Greeper

  • On my theory which we may call the demonstrative theory of quotation, the inscription inside does not refer to anything at all, nor is it part of any expression that does.

    Quotation

  • Using demonstratives and forming sentences A demonstrative is the part of speech that you use to indicate or specify a noun that you're referring to.

    Arabic for Dummies

  • I shall then bring forward a second kind of evidence which indicates a strong probability in favor of evolution, but does not prove it; and, lastly, I shall adduce a third kind of evidence which, being as complete as any evidence which we can hope to obtain upon such a subject, and being wholly and strikingly in favor of evolution, may fairly be called demonstrative evidence of its occurrence.

    The Making of Arguments

  • A demonstrative is a word that points out an object definitely, as _this, that, these, those_.

    Latin for Beginners

  • "He is very impulsive and demonstrative, that is all."

    Macaria; or, Altars of Sacrifice

  • I shall then bring forward a second kind of evidence which indicates a strong probability in favour of evolution, but does not prove it; and, lastly, I shall adduce a third kind of evidence which, being as complete as any evidence which we can hope to obtain upon such a subject, and being wholly and strikingly in favour of evolution, may fairly be called demonstrative evidence of its occurrence.

    American Addresses, with a Lecture on the Study of Biology

  • After a few days, he had all but exhausted the thesaurus when it came to fresh ways of terming his demonstrative - or

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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