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"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 ​clearlyshowsyourfeelings: She was always a demonstrative ​child.
demonstratively
adverb  /dɪˈmɑn·strət̬·ɪv·li/
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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 ​yourfeelings or ​behave in a way that ​showsyourlove: 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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