demonstration

noun
dem·​on·​stra·​tion | \ ˌde-mən-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce demonstration (audio) \

Definition of demonstration

1 : an act, process, or means of demonstrating to the intelligence a demonstration of how to prune a tree : such as
a(1) : conclusive evidence : proof a demonstration of her guilt
(2) mathematics : derivation sense 5
b : a showing of the merits of a product or service to a prospective consumer a vacuum cleaner demonstration
2 : an outward expression or display a demonstration of compassion
3 : a show of armed force
4 : a public display of group feelings toward a person or cause peaceful demonstrations against the government anti-war demonstrations

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Other Words from demonstration

demonstrational \ ˌde-​mən-​ˈstrā-​shnəl How to pronounce demonstrational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for demonstration

Synonyms

demo [British], rally

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Examples of demonstration in a Sentence

I went to a sculpture demonstration last weekend. One of the instructors gave a demonstration of how to prune a tree. Would you mind giving us a demonstration so that we can see how the machine works? He brought along a copy of the software for demonstration. Students took part in several nonviolent demonstrations against the government. The latest tests are a clear demonstration that the vaccine works. Many people sent cards and flowers in demonstration of their sympathy.
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Each 45-minute lesson typically includes a short lecture and demonstration, followed by a group activity and open-ended discussion. Michelle Ma, WSJ, "How to Teach Kids About AI," 13 May 2019 The Dawn of a New Kind of Firefighter A demonstration of the snake-like Dragon Fire Fighter, developed by Tohoku University and Hachinohe College in Japan. Andrew Han, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Robot Firefighter That Battled the Notre Dame Blaze," 17 Apr. 2019 The demonstration began Wednesday, with some resolute protesters waiting into Thursday hoping to catch a glimpse of the kids. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Immigration policy draws protest despite Trump action: What we know now," 21 June 2018 The demonstration began Tuesday at a City Council meeting. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Activists begin 8 days of protest, seek accountability for Stephon Clark, Brandon Smith," 19 June 2018 The demonstration was part of an informal campaign that started with an Instagram account created earlier this year by a former student who had a negative experience with the college’s honor code office. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Students at Mormon-owned BYU urge honor code compassion," 12 Apr. 2019 The demonstration was for under-privileged children in the area who are given the chance to learn important cooking skills and traditional Moroccan recipes from some of the country's most impressive chefs. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Teasing Prince Harry as He Eats a Pancake Is the Sweetest Thing You'll See Today," 26 Feb. 2019 People were protesting fuel taxes, but the demonstrations are also an indication of growing animosity toward French President Emmanuel Macron. Alex Ward, Vox, "People in yellow vests are deeply unhappy with Emmanuel Macron.," 27 Nov. 2018 Hamas has been leading weekly protests along the Israeli perimeter fence for the past year in hopes of easing the blockade, but the demonstrations, in which some 190 people have been killed by Israeli fire, have had little effect. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs targets in Gaza as rocket fire resumes," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of demonstration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demonstration

Middle English demonstracioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French demonstration, demustracioun, borrowed from Latin dēmonstrātiōn-, dēmonstrātiō "action of pointing out, description, explanation" (Late Latin, "deduction, proof"), from dēmonstrāre "to indicate, describe, show" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at demonstrate

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demonstration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demonstration

: an act of showing someone how something is used or done
: an event in which people gather together in order to show that they support or oppose something or someone
: an act of showing or proving something

demonstration

noun
dem·​on·​stra·​tion | \ ˌde-mən-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce demonstration (audio) \

Kids Definition of demonstration

1 : an outward expression (as a show of feelings) a demonstration of affection
2 : an act or a means of showing a cooking demonstration
3 : a showing or using of an article for sale to display its good points
4 : a parade or a gathering to show public feeling

demonstration

noun
dem·​on·​stra·​tion | \ ˌdem-ən-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce demonstration (audio) \

Medical Definition of demonstration

: an act, process, or means of demonstrating to the intelligence especially : a proof by experiment a demonstration of the neutralization of an acid by a base

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