Adjective "demonstrative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) unrestrained in showing feelings, especially those of affection.
  1. 'He's very demonstrative and very in charge but he's very bossy, too.'
  2. 'Dan confessed that his father was so demonstrative he'd grab his grown son's hand and walk with him down the street, hand in hand.'
  3. 'This wasn't a family that showed what it felt, or courted demonstrative friends.'
  4. 'You have a keen sense of humour, are winsome and vivacious, loving and demonstrative in your family.'
  5. 'Someone with a more demonstrative personality might have done a better job.'
  6. 'He has a lovely sense of humour, but he's not a demonstrative man.'
  7. 'I'm not a very demonstrative person, having always been taught that emotion leads to weakness, so I was more than a little embarrassed.'
  8. 'They tend to be emotionally demonstrative and seductive, and use their appearance to attract the attention of others.'
  9. 'Generous and warm-hearted you like to shower your loved one with affection and are very demonstrative and affectionate.'
  10. 'In rehearsals, somehow, he digs deep and mines the heart of each scene, but not for a display of demonstrative emotion.'
Serving as conclusive evidence of something.
  1. 'In addition, it describes the historical origins of demonstrative evidence and incorporates recent social science research on visual processing into its analysis.'
  2. 'In my view, when the admissibility of demonstrative evidence is in issue, in many cases, a traditional analysis of probative value really misses the point.'
  3. 'A bio-monitoring programme is also in place which reveals that the emissions do not have a demonstrative effect on the quality of the agricultural products which they have studied.'
  4. 'He is very experienced in collating documents, summarizing evidence, arranging diagrammatic and demonstrative evidence and assisting with the general preparation for trial.'
  5. 'The course's contents included the direct and cross examination of lay and expert witnesses, introduction of evidence and demonstrative exhibits, the making of closing arguments and the opening statement.'
  6. 'the possibility of a demonstrative science of ethics'
  7. 'They compared the new investigative approach against the demonstrative approach to teaching Junior Certificate science.'
  8. 'Knowledge is composed of demonstrations, even if it may also include definitions; the method of science is demonstrative, even if it may also include the process of defining.'
  9. 'Aquinas's philosophical theology is an elaborately developed, sophisticated system of knowledge modeled more or less closely on Aristotelian demonstrative science.'
  10. 'Rosenthal's account closed with details of Perez's demonstrative response to the lie-detector results.'
  11. 'Figure skating is much like the performing arts because of its demonstrative nature and its ability to be a showcasing of artistic beauty and physical nature.'
  12. 'It is cruel, inhuman and plainly wrong to keep fit parents from their precious children without a compelling, demonstrative reason.'
  13. 'If imitation is a general category of artistic activity, repetition is an insistently demonstrative species of imitation.'
(of a determiner or pronoun) indicating the person or thing referred to (e.g. this, that, those).
  1. 'Substances are things to which we can refer by use of a demonstrative phrase of the form ‘this so-and-so’; they are things that can be picked out, identified, individuated.'
  2. 'Maybe I have a propensity for those sort of muddles, but maybe I'd rather have a propensity for that sort of a muddle, for my demonstrative pronouns are very dear to me.'


A demonstrative determiner or pronoun.
  1. 'Among the definite determiners are the demonstratives this and that, these and those.'
  2. 'Languages that lack definiteness markers like the Slavonic ones are expected to resort to demonstratives more freely.'
  3. 'According to this theory, logically proper names are very like the demonstratives this and that; they are empty of descriptive content, and their meanings are the particulars they denote.'


1. characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc., especially 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. Grammar. indicating or singling out the thing referred to. This is a demonstrative pronoun. noun

5. Grammar. a demonstrative word, as this or there.

More examples(as adjective)

"catholics can be demonstrative in things."

"people can be demonstrative."

"understandings can be demonstrative."

"pronouns can be demonstrative."

"syllogismses can be demonstrative."

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Late 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’ (see demonstrate).