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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The rainbow demonstration is no longer used in the classroom, said Nick Paolucci, director of public affairs and press secretary for the New York City Law Department. Taylor Romine And Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, "A failed high school chemistry experiment results in nearly $60 million in damages," 2 July 2019 That successful demonstration was sufficient to give the victory to Westinghouse and Tesla. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "AC/DC: It’s Tesla duking it out with Edison in The Current War trailer," 27 June 2019 The demonstration was part of the media preview for Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge on Saturday, Aug. 12 in Pontiac. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Jeep brand gets new leader for key North American market," 27 June 2019 One important demonstration of Boyle's law is our own breathing. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "In and Out: Demonstrating Boyle's Law," 13 June 2019 The demonstration Sunday was largely peaceful, though some protesters clashed with police officers in the early hours of Monday. Tiffany May, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong braces for more extradition protests," 11 June 2019 The demonstration Sunday was largely peaceful, though some protesters clashed with police officers in the early hours of Monday. Tiffany May, SFChronicle.com, "Hong Kong braces for more extradition protests," 11 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter The demonstration was largely peaceful. The Economist, "China seems deaf to mass protests in Hong Kong over extradition," 10 June 2019 Sunday's demonstration was mostly peaceful, though there were some late-night clashes between some remaining protesters and police. NBC News, "Hong Kong to push ahead with extradition changes that sparked huge protest," 10 June 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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