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DEMONSTRATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does demonstrative mean? 

DEMONSTRATIVE (noun)
  The noun DEMONSTRATIVE has 1 sense:

1. a pronoun that points out an intended referent

  Familiarity information: DEMONSTRATIVE used as a noun is very rare.


DEMONSTRATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective DEMONSTRATIVE has 2 senses:

1. given to or marked by the open expression of emotion
2. serving to demonstrate

  Familiarity information: DEMONSTRATIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEMONSTRATIVE (noun)


Sense 1demonstrative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pronoun that points out an intended referent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

demonstrative; demonstrative pronoun

Hypernyms ("demonstrative" is a kind of...):

pronoun (a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase)


DEMONSTRATIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Given to or marked by the open expression of emotion

Context example:

an affectionate and demonstrative family

Similar:

effusive; emotional; gushing; gushy (extravagantly demonstrative)

epideictic; epideictical (designed primarily for rhetorical display)

Also:

unreserved (not cautious or reticent)

Antonym:

undemonstrative (not given to open expression of emotion)


Sense 2demonstrative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving to demonstrate

Synonyms:

demonstrative; illustrative

Similar:

informative; instructive (serving to instruct of enlighten or inform)


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