demographic

noun
dem·​o·​graph·​ic | \ ˌde-mə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce demographic (audio) , ˌdē-mə- \

Definition of demographic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 demographics plural : the statistical characteristics of human populations (such as age or income) used especially to identify markets a change in the state's demographics
2 business : a market or segment of the population identified by demographics trying to reach a younger demographic

demographic

adjective
variants: or less commonly demographical \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce demographical (audio) , ˌdē-​mə-​ \

Definition of demographic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to demography or demographics demographic data
2 sociology : relating to the dynamic balance of a population especially with regard to density (see density sense 2c) and capacity for expansion or decline demographic trends a demographic shift

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Adjective

demographically \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce demographically (audio) , ˌdē-​mə-​ \ adverb

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Demographic analysis, the statistical description of human populations, is a tool used by government agencies, political parties, and manufacturers of consumer goods. Polls conducted on every topic imaginable, from age to toothpaste preference, give the government and corporations an idea of who the public is and what it needs and wants. The government's census, which is conducted every ten years, is the largest demographic survey of all. Today demographic is also being used as a noun; so, for example, TV advertisers are constantly worrying about how to appeal to "the 18-to-24-year-old demographic".

Examples of demographic in a Sentence

Noun The town's demographics suggest that the restaurant will do well there. The newspaper will be making some changes in order to adapt to the region's shifting demographics. The demographics of the disease are changing, and we are seeing much younger people being affected by it. Adjective The demographic information shows that the population increased but the average income went down.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And there are no ways for campaigns to narrowly target ads to specific demographics, making the sponcon campaigns more visible. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Meme-makers are newest frontier in Facebook's political content debate," 19 Feb. 2020 But less expected was the researchers' other finding: that conservative sites placed far more cookies regardless of demographics. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones," 11 Feb. 2020 The issue has taken on more urgency in recent years as a growing body of research has shown that achievement can rise in classrooms when students of color are taught by teachers of similar demographics. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "State eyes plan to improve diversity among teachers," 27 Jan. 2020 Save for the hardcore Robert Downey Jr. fans and parents who need a weekend afternoon activity for their young children, this film won’t have much crossover appeal to most demographics. Kimi Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Robert Downey Jr. disappoints but voice cast shines in ‘Dolittle’," 16 Jan. 2020 Save for the hardcore Robert Downey Jr. fans and parents who need a weekend afternoon activity for their young children, this film won’t have much crossover appeal to most demographics. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Come for Robert Downey Jr., stay for the all-star voice actors in 'Dolittle'," 15 Jan. 2020 Don Cusic, a music-business professor at Belmont University, points out that part of the difference across genres is likely a result of demographics. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "These are the concerts people will go to alone," 14 Jan. 2020 People’s ability to deal with the hassle factor when lobbing a complaint varies across demographics, the study said. Jackie Crosby, SFChronicle.com, "‘Your call is important to us’: Not really, study shows," 11 Jan. 2020 Catholics across all demographics gave the president a 36% approval rating. CBS News, "Evangelicals close ranks around Trump after Christianity Today rebuke," 23 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Nielsen also showed off new demographic data of spiked seltzer. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Bud Light Seltzer is already a sensation," 19 Feb. 2020 The trope of borders connects the book’s numerous examples, anecdotes, memories and occasionally dense accretion of demographic, economic and sociological data. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "The United States’ Debt to Immigrants," 25 June 2019 As a result, the Latino faculty and staff argued, UTSA may be considered Hispanic-serving by virtue of its demographic data but not for its services to those students. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: UTSA grappling with how to be truly Hispanic-serving," 9 Jan. 2020 As for minority survivors, dioceses rarely collect demographic data. NBC News, "Church offers little outreach to minority victims of priests," 7 Jan. 2020 Another part of Ruffin’s grand plan involves researching each school’s demographic data, with plans to tailor menus to better match students’ cultures — for example, reducing pork dishes at schools with significant populations of Muslim students. Washington Post, "‘You’re chefs! This is a kitchen!’ It’s also a school cafeteria. That doesn’t mean the food has to be bland or frozen.," 2 Jan. 2020 And yet the site’s basic principle — an interactive map, with toxic release sites clearly labeled, extensive health and demographic data ready for overlay, and extensive government data available at the click of a mouse — had a clear appeal. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "U.S. government ‘retires’ (read removes) detailed pollution map from internet," 24 Dec. 2019 And yet the site’s basic principle—an interactive map, with toxic release sites clearly labeled, extensive health and demographic data ready for overlay, and extensive government data available at the click of a mouse—had a clear appeal. Michael Schulson, Scientific American, "Federal Toxmap Shutters, Raising the Ire of Pollution Researchers," 17 Dec. 2019 An analysis published on November 23rd by Datapraxis, a research firm, combined polling and demographic data to conclude that the Tories were on track for a 48-seat majority. The Economist, "Britain’s Conservatives launch a deliberately dull manifesto," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of demographic

Noun

circa 1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demographic

Noun

derivative of demographic entry 2

Adjective

demography + -ic entry 1

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Time Traveler for demographic

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The first known use of demographic was in 1882

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Last Updated

23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Demographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demographic. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for demographic

demographic

noun
How to pronounce demographic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of demographic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the qualities (such as age, sex, and income) of a specific group of people
: a group of people that has a particular set of qualities

demographic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of demographic (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the study of changes that occur in large groups of people over a period of time : of or relating to demography

demographic

adjective
de·​mo·​graph·​ic | \ ˌdē-mə-ˈgraf-ik How to pronounce demographic (audio) , ˌdem-ə- How to pronounce demographic (audio) \

Medical Definition of demographic

1 : of or relating to demography
2 : relating to the dynamic balance of a population especially with regard to density and capacity for expansion or decline

Other Words from demographic

demographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce demographically (audio) \ adverb

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