Definition of demonstration in English:


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  • 1The action or process of showing the existence or truth of something by giving proof or evidence.

    ‘it is not capable of mathematical demonstration’
    • ‘Lind's demonstration that citrus fruits cure scurvy’
    • ‘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. 1.1The outward showing of feeling.
      ‘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 cooking 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, demo, taster, 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, demo, protest march, march, parade, rally, lobby, sit-in, sleep-in, die-in
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/ˌdemənˈstrāSH(ə)n/ /ˌdɛmənˈstreɪʃ(ə)n/


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.