Meaning of demonstration in English:


Pronunciation /dɛmənˈstreɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1An act of showing that something exists or is true by giving proof or evidence.

    ‘his demonstration of the need for computer corpora in language study is convincing’
    • ‘acts of faith are not capable of mathematical demonstration’
    • ‘In other words, Hume believed that any justified application of the inductive inference presupposes a demonstration that the conclusion is true.’
    • ‘These ships were handed over to Turkey as a demonstration that Germany was Turkey's true friend at sea as well as on land.’
    • ‘The second argument arises from the demonstration that mammalian mitochondria house the enzyme apparatus that is necessary for recombination.’
    • ‘Part of what will help sustain such arguments is a demonstration that our programs are responding to the students who populate our institutions.’
    • ‘What seems called for next is an experimental demonstration that the implied interaction actually exists.’
    • ‘This project is a demonstration that this prejudice is not justified.’
    • ‘The addiction hypothesis would be greatly strengthened by the demonstration that any drug of abuse produces special changes in the brain.’
    • ‘When I explain that she is a living refutation of her own argument, that she is a demonstration that money works, she looks sceptical.’
    • ‘This is a happy book, a quiet celebration of survival and endurance, a demonstration that it is possible to be surprised by the real, a reminder that we should not lose the capacity to marvel at the everyday.’
    • ‘Lawson-Remer says ‘It's a demonstration that the consensus is not what they say it is.’’
    • ‘It was an excellent sum for the third world and a sincere demonstration that the people of Manorhamilton have a burning desire to alleviate the poverty that exists in less well off lands.’
    • ‘Lawson-Remer says, ‘This is such a demonstration that the consensus is not what they say it is.’’
    • ‘For me, it was a heart-stopping moment, and an interesting demonstration that my reflexes in these situations are to protect Rebecca at the possible expense of damage to myself.’
    • ‘It is both a needed reminder and a adept demonstration that watching courtship treated as a noble game is still quite rewarding even in times where romance is traded for expediency.’
    • ‘Individuality and distinctiveness, the demonstration that more is possible than we had imagined before, are values not only of art but of life.’
    • ‘In its strongest form it demands a list of observable consequences and a formal demonstration that they are indeed consequences of the proposition claimed.’
    • ‘There is a demonstration that's been going on since midnight last night.’
    • ‘The show has very strong community support and is a clear demonstration that the rural way of life is strong in the Dingle Peninsula.’
    • ‘He is a 24 hour a day demonstration that a life well lived is a life lived with a sense of duty and a sense of honor.’
    • ‘The evening provided a clear demonstration that there is indeed hope for the arts in St Lucia.’
    proof, substantiation, confirmation, affirmation, corroboration, verification, validation
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    1. 1.1An outward show of a feeling or quality.
      ‘physical demonstrations of affection’
      • ‘No matter that their little demonstration of affection had defrauded a couple out of their home, disappointed two rival suitors and left members of their family in debt.’
      • ‘Nurturing Cancerians know how nourishing a simple demonstration of affection can be, so be sure to give someone a big drink of love sometime this week.’
      • ‘There were no street parties or gala concerts, no spontaneous demonstrations of love and affection.’
      • ‘That would be a visible demonstration of your affection.’
      • ‘Ideally, that's what a gift is all about - a demonstration of affection that shows you are aware of a person's desires.’
      • ‘Caregivers may use food as a demonstration of affection or as a reward.’
      • ‘Touching as a demonstration of affection is not taboo and does not carry a sexual connotation.’
      manifestation, indication, revelation, sign, mark, token, embodiment, record
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  • 2A practical exhibition and explanation of how something works or is performed.

    ‘a microwave cookery demonstration’
    • ‘The event will be staged in the beautiful surroundings of Riverstown, containing several hundred exhibits, craft demonstrations and live performances.’
    • ‘Hyndman was running the family bookstore when Holst - who used to perform in-store cooking demonstrations in the days his dad owned the business - stopped in for a chat.’
    • ‘As well as music and dancing, there was also an arts and crafts marquee offering a mixture of displays and practical demonstrations.’
    • ‘The Seans Eile Open Day was a great success and included demonstrations of cooking and craft displays and fine examples of decoupage made by the trainees.’
    • ‘Several suggestions were made for next years event including indoor attractions such as demonstrations in cookery, crafts and floral arrangement.’
    • ‘The daily schedule of events includes storytelling, dance performances, and demonstrations of native crafts from throughout the state.’
    • ‘The master instructor, Koka Fukushima, gave various demonstrations of this ancient craft that has been perfected through centuries by following set rules.’
    • ‘Demonstrations and exhibits ranged from electric fencing and sheep showers, to practical shearing and maintenance, and lamb cuts and cookery demonstrations.’
    • ‘There will be a host of activities including a market in the town centre and demonstrations of ancient crafts.’
    • ‘Stephenson's Rocket in 1814 was the first demonstration of a practical locomotive.’
    • ‘An American living in Egypt who was teaching out in the provinces in a major city told me about recently witnessing a student demonstration that included a skit.’
    • ‘For the audience, this aerial demonstration proves nothing short of spectacular.’
    • ‘We're not entirely convinced that this demonstration proves much beyond how taking the wheels off a car will seriously impact its - 60 time, but the pictures were very colourful.’
    • ‘Most of the club manufacturers offering demonstrations can prove how good their products are on huge screens which shows the flight and distance of a ball.’
    • ‘Such a demonstration proves beyond question the feasibility of a room-sized camera, producing images of the required dimensions, and using modest optical technology.’
    • ‘The museum was actively involved in organizing flight demonstrations for school groups and was used for private and corporate parties.’
    • ‘On a visit to Los Angeles, he saw a demonstration of powered flight and was captivated.’
    • ‘Then we watched a video that had been taken on a flight demonstration.’
    • ‘In acrobatic demonstrations, it provides military pilot training in a true jet environment.’
    • ‘And while disaster authorities must plan for plane crashes, most of us quite safely read our newspapers through the pre flight safety demonstration.’
    exhibition, presentation, display, illustration, exposition, teach-in
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  • 3A public meeting or march protesting against something or expressing views on a political issue.

    ‘a pro-democracy demonstration’
    • ‘demonstrations against the poll tax’
    • ‘The Act's wording is so sweeping that it can also be used to suppress any form of public political dissent, including demonstrations, pickets and protests.’
    • ‘The public began to challenge political leaders in demonstrations and marches.’
    • ‘The strikers held a demonstration and a public meeting.’
    • ‘Some called it civil disobedience, others protest marches or demonstrations.’
    • ‘At the same time the election was accompanied by continuous strikes, small and large, protest marches and student demonstrations.’
    • ‘The regulations outlawed strikes and industrial action, as well as public meetings and demonstrations.’
    • ‘More than 250 parents and pupils held a protest demonstration outside a meeting at which education chiefs discussed the proposals.’
    • ‘Nearly 50 protesters staged a demonstration before the meeting.’
    • ‘In the past years, countless political rallies have taken place in the grounds of this memorial hall, while many demonstrations and protest marches have begun there as well.’
    • ‘Committees have been established, which have organised their own demonstrations and public meetings.’
    • ‘As well as organising two large demonstrations and huge public meetings, supporters moved quickly to set up a supporters' trust.’
    • ‘An important form of political protest, demonstrations often disrupt urban streets and highways.’
    • ‘In the run-up to the conference, a range of varied groups had issued calls for demonstrations and meetings.’
    • ‘The notice requirement would not apply to local protest marches and similar demonstrations.’
    • ‘A demonstration that had been slated for Monday evening was designed to allow teens to voice their opposition to the bylaw.’
    • ‘After my afternoon class on Monday I walked out in front of the Chapel to observe the scheduled demonstration that was taking place.’
    • ‘A bunch of us organized a demonstration that turned out 300 people, and we did it in two weeks.’
    • ‘The women were there to lobby for women's suffrage, a demonstration that was rewarded by the passage a few years later of a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.’
    protest, protest march, march, parade, rally, lobby, sit-in, sit-down, sleep-in, stoppage, strike, walkout, picket, picket line, blockade
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Late Middle English (also in the senses ‘proof provided by logic’ and ‘sign, indication’): from Latin demonstratio(n-), from demonstrare ‘point out’ (see demonstrate). demonstration (sense 3) dates from the mid 19th century.