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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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demonstrativede‧mon‧stra‧tive /dɪˈmɒnstrətɪv $ dɪˈmɑːn-/ AWL adjective  SHOW A FEELING OR ATTITUDEwilling to show that you care about someone My mother wasn’t demonstrative; she never hugged me.demonstratively adverb
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demonstrativePeter, who made his fortune in the family wallpaper business, was a generous, demonstrative and easy-going stepfather.Dave's not very demonstrative, but I know he loves me.The demonstrative determiners combine with non-deictic terms for spatial organization to yield complex deictic descriptions of location.It was not a demonstrative friendship; they had never kissed, had never indeed touched hands except at that first meeting.Loulou charged up to each new arrival, thumping and hugging in a demonstrative greeting.Patrick had not been a demonstrative man.The verb is longer but unambiguous, a demonstrative moment as the tongue flicks anxiously away from the palate to release the vowel.She's not a very demonstrative person, but her friends are important to her.We use the dolls for demonstrative purposes in sessions with young children.His parents were never very demonstrative towards him, so he finds it hard to show his own feelings.A mathematical proof about some property of a triangle does not, Gassendi thinks, give demonstrative understanding of its cause.
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