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 Peggy O'Hare covers demographics, the census and occasionally crime and general assignment stories in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio churches closed for coronavirus are cautious about Abbott’s new path to reopen," 1 Apr. 2020 After noticing sales of the tangy, hot lime corn chips spiked in areas with first-generation Mexican-American populations, bags were strategically placed in communities with corresponding demographics. Katie Sehl, Fortune, "Your next potato chip may be flavored by artificial intelligence," 31 Mar. 2020 However, Trump's approval ratings stem largely from Republicans and independents, with 89% and 48% support from those demographics, respectively. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Trump gains higher favorability than media for coronavirus response: Poll," 24 Mar. 2020 They're intended to keep entire communities and vulnerable demographics safe. Aj Willingham, CNN, "How to keep coronavirus fears from affecting your mental health," 14 Mar. 2020 Looking at audience demographics, this might be fueled by minority audiences, who disproportionately bought the majority of tickets for the top films in 2019. Washington Post, "HBO’s possible ‘Parasite’ spinoff with Mark Ruffalo raises whitewashing concerns," 13 Mar. 2020 Mobile gaming ranked as the most popular option among all age demographics, though the study did note women are more likely than men to use mobile phones as their primary gaming device. Michael Koczwara, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mobile Games Hotspot: 'PUBG' Tournament to Be Held Without Live Audience Amid Coronavirus Concerns," 12 Mar. 2020 The other reason is the demographics the two game shows attract. cleveland, "Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune to forego live audiences due to coronavirus," 10 Mar. 2020 Large Position Auto Bottom Top Sample Caption TextCurrent Time 0:00Duration 0:00Remaining Time -0:00 Hilton has enacted a similar response, issuing modification and cancellation waivers in especially affected area and demographics. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hotel Cancellation Policies Are Changing Amid Coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And as high school enrollment numbers dip with demographic changes, the trend threatens to continue. Sarah Butrymowicz, USA TODAY, "Few scholarships, big student loans: Why colleges that serve poor students often cost more," 15 Feb. 2020 At the root of this district’s — and Virginia’s — political transition is a slow-moving demographic change, a new kind of suburbanization that is sweeping through national politics. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "What Made Virginia Change Its Mind on Guns?," 30 Jan. 2020 The forces of demographic change and structural reforms must be joined with direct action. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "End the GOP," 13 Feb. 2020 To prosper from demographic change, a party has to address the issues of the day convincingly and field candidates with appropriate strengths. Michael Barone, WSJ, "Why the Democratic Majority Hasn’t Emerged," 2 Feb. 2020 Quality is everywhere but most industries only believe in quality from one demographic. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Cynthia Erivo talks diversity after Stephen King's controversial Oscars take," 16 Jan. 2020 That is a result of both demographic changes and fierce competition for students from charter and private schools and from other public school districts via the state’s open enrollment program. Rob Henken, Anne Chapman And Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS is proposing to raise taxes to fund educational programs. Here's what to know before you vote April 7.," 16 Jan. 2020 Quality is everywhere but most industries only believe in quality from one demographic. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Stephen King Criticized For Comments On Oscar Diversity," 15 Jan. 2020 Texas is increasingly becoming a battleground state in presidential elections, due to demographic change and growing urban populations. Grace Segers, CBS News, "10 states set to lose congressional districts after 2020 census," 31 Dec. 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

5 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Demographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demographic. Accessed 7 Apr. 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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