Demonstrative De*mon"stra*tive, a. [F. d['e]monstratif, L. demonstrativus.] 1. Having the nature of demonstration; tending to demonstrate; making evident; exhibiting clearly or conclusively. ``Demonstrative figures.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

An argument necessary and demonstrative. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressing, or apt to express, much; displaying feeling or sentiment; as, her nature was demonstrative. [1913 Webster]

3. Consisting of eulogy or of invective. ``Demonstrative eloquence.'' --Blair. [1913 Webster]

{Demonstrative pronoun} (Gram.), a pronoun distinctly designating that to which it refers. [1913 Webster]

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