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

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 The election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country. Ayushi Agarwal, ABC News, 6 Jan. 2022 Here's the truth: The election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country. CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 The election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 The key to legality of a new routine inspection program of rental properties is that there is a demonstration of a problem. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Dec. 2021 The concertos don’t have anything to do with anything, other than being a demonstration of Bach’s amazing ingenuity and his inordinate ability to delight. Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 As co-president of the Spanish Club, Padua Franciscan High School senior Matthew Harley said CFO is a demonstration of his Catholic faith and the Franciscan mission to give back to those in need. John Benson, cleveland, 15 Dec. 2021 Already, advocates were arguing the emergence of Omicron is a demonstration of what happens when the world has such inequitable distribution of vaccines — and transmission is allowed to persist at such high levels in certain parts of the world. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 30 Nov. 2021 Adams says the team is a demonstration to not have low expectations. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 23 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2022

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“Demonstration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demonstration. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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