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"demonstrative" in British English

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demonstrativeadjective

uk   /dɪˈmɒn.strə.tɪv/ us   /dɪˈmɑːn.strə.t̬ɪv/
  • demonstrative adjective (SHOWING FEELINGS)

If you are demonstrative, you show your feelings or behave in a way that shows your love: We're a very demonstrative family.
  • demonstrative adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language Demonstrative words are words, for example "this", "that", "these", and "those", that show which person or thing is being referred to: In the sentence "This is my brother", "this" is a demonstrative pronoun.
demonstratively
adverb uk   /dɪˈmɒn.strə.tɪv.li/ us   /dɪˈmɑːn.strə.t̬ɪv.li/
demonstrativeness
noun [U] uk   /dɪˈmɒn.strə.tɪv.nəs/ us   /dɪˈmɑːn.strə.t̬ɪv.nəs/
(Definition of demonstrative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"demonstrative" in American English

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demonstrativeadjective

us   /dɪˈmɑn·strə·t̬ɪv/
  • demonstrative adjective (IN GRAMMAR)

grammar showing which person or thing is being referred to: a demonstrative adjective In “This is my brother,” “this” is a demonstrative pronoun.
  • demonstrative adjective (EXPRESSING FEELING)

behaving in a way that clearly shows your feelings: She was always a demonstrative child.
demonstratively
adverb /dɪˈmɑn·strət̬·ɪv·li/
(Definition of demonstrative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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