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 demonstration (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web On the weekend after the deadly explosion in Kabul, Ali and Zarmina’s eldest daughter Sadaf protested America’s withdrawal at a demonstration on Boston Common alongside some 100 Afghans and allies. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Oct. 2021 At times, tensions rose between protesters and police outside the White House, but the demonstration was largely peaceful. Ellie Silverman, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2021 The anti-mandate demonstration at the mall food court is the latest public instance of resistance from those opposing vaccine and mask mandates, even as the country is averaging more than 119,000 new coronavirus cases a day. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The demonstration was among several that shook downtown Madison in the days after Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Product demonstration is the oldest kind of TV spot in advertising. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Alvarado's demonstration was the first of its kind on an international stage in elite gymnastics, according to NBC Olympics. NBC News, 28 July 2021 What began as a technology demonstration has turned into an aerial workhorse, completing 13 flights since April — when it was only designed to fly five times. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 The City Council gave final approval to a law that requires a 300-foot buffer around a private residence targeted for demonstration and imposes fines for violators. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Demonstration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demonstration. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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