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Webster 1913 Edition


Demonstrative

De-mon′stra-tive

,
Adj.
[F.
démonstratif
, L.
demonstrativus
.]
1.
Having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively.
Demonstrative figures.”
Dryden.
An argument necessary and
demonstrative
.
Hooker.
2.
Expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or sentiment;
as, her nature was
demonstrative
.
3.
Consisting of eulogy or of invective.
Demonstrative eloquence.”
Blair.
Demonstrative pronoun
(Gram.)
,
a pronoun distinctly designating that to which it refers.

De-mon′stra-tive

,
Noun.
(Gram.)
A demonstrative pronoun;
as, “this” and “that” are
demonstratives
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Demonstrative

DEMONSTRATIVE

,
Adj.
1.
Showing or proving by certain evidence; having the power of demonstration; invincibly conclusive; as a demonstrative argument, or demonstrative reasoning.
2.
Having the power of showing with clearness and certainty; as a demonstrative figure in painting.

Definition 2022


demonstrative

demonstrative

See also: démonstrative

English

Adjective

demonstrative (comparative more demonstrative, superlative most demonstrative)

  1. that serves to demonstrate, show or prove
    • Hooker
      an argument necessary and demonstrative
  2. given to open displays of emotion
    • Blair
      demonstrative eloquence
  3. (grammar) that specifies the thing or person referred to

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

demonstrative (plural demonstratives)

  1. (grammar) A demonstrative word
    1. A demonstrative adjective.
    2. A demonstrative pronoun.

Translations


Latin

Adjective

dēmonstrātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēmonstrātīvus

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