- 1(Of a person) unrestrained in showing feelings, especially those of affection: we were a very physically demonstrative familyMore example sentences
- I'm not a very demonstrative person, having always been taught that emotion leads to weakness, so I was more than a little embarrassed.
- This wasn't a family that showed what it felt, or courted demonstrative friends.
- With his loud voice and demonstrative personality, Weis usually sets the tone on the practice field.
- 2Serving as conclusive evidence of something: demonstrative evidenceMore example sentences
indicative, indicatory, suggestive, illustrative, evincive, expositorydefinite, positive, telling, conclusive, certain, decisive, material, airtight, watertight; incontrovertible, incontestable, irrefutable, unquestionable, undeniable, indisputable, unassailable
- 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.
- He is very experienced in collating documents, summarizing evidence, arranging diagrammatic and demonstrative evidence and assisting with the general preparation for trial.
- 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.
- 2.1Involving demonstration, especially by scientific means: the possibility of a demonstrative science of ethicsMore example sentences
- 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.
- Aquinas's philosophical theology is an elaborately developed, sophisticated system of knowledge modeled more or less closely on Aristotelian demonstrative science.
- It is cruel, inhuman and plainly wrong to keep fit parents from their precious children without a compelling, demonstrative reason.
- 3 Grammar (Of a determiner or pronoun) indicating the person or thing referred to (e.g. this, that, those).More example sentences
- The best examples are the demonstrative pronouns this and that, for the reason that they are guaranteed a reference every time they are used.
- These are thoughts or judgements whose canonical expression is in terms of a demonstrative pronoun, ‘this’ or ‘that’, used to refer to some object in the perceived environment.
- 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.
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- A demonstrative determiner or pronoun.More example sentences
- All the pronouns and demonstratives have different forms for each conjunctive, creating such words as walalanggalangguwuy, meaning ‘originating from them’.
- Among the definite determiners are the demonstratives this and that, these and those.
- Note that there is variation not only in verb agreement, but also in agreement with demonstratives - this vs. these.
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- As the latter is demonstratively untrue it appears that the case is made.
- He demonstratively threw down the red jacket in front of the City Council building.
- His huge hands move about demonstratively as he discusses the new movie and his career.
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- Emotional demonstrativeness has never been our particular modus operandi.
- Neither was given to demonstrativeness and communicated quietly the pain of ultimate separation.
- Her mother's warmth and demonstrativeness were coupled with a decisive bias toward action.
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).