undemonstrative


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un·de·mon·stra·tive

 (ŭn′dĭ-mŏn′strə-tĭv)
adj.
Not disposed to expressions of feeling; reserved.

un′de·mon′stra·tive·ly adv.

undemonstrative

(ˌʌndɪˈmɒnstrətɪv)
adj
tending not to show the feelings; of a reserved nature
ˌundeˈmonstratively adv
ˌundeˈmonstrativeness n

un•de•mon•stra•tive

(ˌʌn dəˈmɒn strə tɪv)

adj.
not given to open expression of emotion; reserved or unresponsive.
[1840–50]
un`de•mon′stra•tive•ly, adv.
un`de•mon′stra•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.undemonstrative - not given to open expression of emotionundemonstrative - not given to open expression of emotion
reserved - marked by self-restraint and reticence; "was habitually reserved in speech, withholding her opinion"-Victoria Sackville-West
demonstrative - given to or marked by the open expression of emotion; "an affectionate and demonstrative family"

undemonstrative

undemonstrative

adjective
Translations

undemonstrative

[ˈʌndɪˈmɒnstrətɪv] ADJpoco expresivo

undemonstrative

[ˌʌndɪˈmɒnstrətɪv] adj (= reserved) → réservé(e)

undemonstrative

adjreserviert, zurückhaltend; a fairly undemonstrative raceein Volk, das seine Gefühle wenig zeigt

undemonstrative

[ˌʌndɪˈmɒnstrətɪv] adjriservato/a, poco espansivo/a
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Indeed, such was the native gush and play of her spirit, that she was seldom perfectly quiet and undemonstrative, any more than a fountain ever ceases to dimple and warble with its flow.
You SHALL," repeated Mary, in the tone of undemonstrative sincerity which seemed natural to her.
Vanstone was habitually silent; Norah kept herself obstinately in the background; Magdalen was quiet and undemonstrative beyond all former precedent.
Utterson; for he was undemonstrative at the best, and even his friendship seemed to be founded in a similar catholicity of good-nature.
He could not help contrasting Katharine with his vision of the engaging, whimsical Cassandra; Katharine undemonstrative, inconsiderate, silent, and yet so notable that he could never do without her good opinion.
Instead, he retired into himself, became sullen, undemonstrative, and, though he never cowered in defeat, and though he was always ready to snarl and bristle his hair in advertisement that inside he was himself and unconquered, he no longer burst out in furious anger.
First, he was evidently a valuable possession of the master's, and next, he was undemonstrative.
She was a fragile child, with mild gray eyes and a pale complexion; singularly undemonstrative, singularly shy and silent, except when she was alone with me.
face, the world saw an ugly and undemonstrative little man.
He belonged to that small minority of undemonstrative retiring natures, who are always at peace with themselves, and who are conscious of a feeling of humiliation at the mere thought of making a request, no matter what its nature may be.
He was a kindly, easy-going man; but, after the way of a large percentage of the Western stock, he was undemonstrative.
Vesey," said Miss Halcombe, looking brighter, sharper, and readier than ever, by contrast with the undemonstrative old lady at her side, "what will you have?