/deuh mon"streuh tiv/, adj.
1. characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc., esp. 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. Gram. indicating or singling out the thing referred to. This is a demonstrative pronoun.
5. Gram. a demonstrative word, as this or there.
[1350-1400; ME demonstratif ( < MF) < L demonstrativus, equiv. to demonstrat(us) (see DEMONSTRATE) + -ivus -IVE]

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