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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This approach seems to have dampened the demonstrations. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "The Limits of Outrage Politics," 13 June 2019 Yet, signs emerged of a crackdown on anyone deemed to be organizing or leading the demonstrations. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Hong Kong legislature postpones debate on extradition bill again after clashes between police and protesters," 13 June 2019 The decision to postpone the debate came as tens of thousands of protesters once again took to the streets of central Hong Kong in scenes reminiscent of the 2014 democracy demonstrations known as the Umbrella Movement. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "China extradition bill debate postponed as protesters swarm Hong Kong streets," 12 June 2019 At a brief news conference held as the chaos swirled just outside, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung called the demonstration a riot. Christopher Bodeen, Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters storm Hong Kong’s streets as legislature delays debate on China extradition bill," 12 June 2019 This could mean that satellites could be flying operational missions around Earth as soon as 18 months after the demonstration. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans," 12 June 2019 At a brief news conference held as the chaos swirled just outside, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung called the demonstration a riot. Christopher Bodeen, chicagotribune.com, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters fighting Chinese extradition bill," 12 June 2019 At a brief news conference held as the chaos swirled just outside, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung called the demonstration a riot. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, projectiles as protests over extradition bill escalate," 12 June 2019 After the demonstration on June 9th Mrs Lam repeated her support for the bill. The Economist, "China seems deaf to mass protests in Hong Kong over extradition," 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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