Definition of demonstration in English:



  • 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’
    mass noun ‘acts of faith are not capable of mathematical demonstration’
    • ‘When I explain that she is a living refutation of her own argument, that she is a demonstration that money works, she looks sceptical.’
    • ‘Lawson-Remer says ‘It's a demonstration that the consensus is not what they say it is.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, Hume believed that any justified application of the inductive inference presupposes a demonstration that the conclusion is true.’
    • ‘Part of what will help sustain such arguments is a demonstration that our programs are responding to the students who populate our institutions.’
    • ‘This project is a demonstration that this prejudice is not justified.’
    • ‘Lawson-Remer says, ‘This is such a demonstration that the consensus is not what they say it is.’’
    • ‘The evening provided a clear demonstration that there is indeed hope for the arts in St Lucia.’
    • ‘What seems called for next is an experimental demonstration that the implied interaction actually exists.’
    • ‘In its strongest form it demands a list of observable consequences and a formal demonstration that they are indeed consequences of the proposition claimed.’
    • ‘The second argument arises from the demonstration that mammalian mitochondria house the enzyme apparatus that is necessary for recombination.’
    • ‘Individuality and distinctiveness, the demonstration that more is possible than we had imagined before, are values not only of art but of life.’
    • ‘The addiction hypothesis would be greatly strengthened by the demonstration that any drug of abuse produces special changes in the brain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 show has very strong community support and is a clear demonstration that the rural way of life is strong in the Dingle Peninsula.’
    • ‘There is a demonstration that's been going on since midnight last night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    proof, substantiation, confirmation, affirmation, corroboration, verification, validation
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    1. 1.1 An outward show of a feeling or quality.
      ‘physical demonstrations of affection’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were no street parties or gala concerts, no spontaneous demonstrations of love and affection.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And while disaster authorities must plan for plane crashes, most of us quite safely read our newspapers through the pre flight safety demonstration.’
    • ‘The museum was actively involved in organizing flight demonstrations for school groups and was used for private and corporate parties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The daily schedule of events includes storytelling, dance performances, and demonstrations of native crafts from throughout the state.’
    • ‘The event will be staged in the beautiful surroundings of Riverstown, containing several hundred exhibits, craft demonstrations and live performances.’
    • ‘In acrobatic demonstrations, it provides military pilot training in a true jet environment.’
    • ‘There will be a host of activities including a market in the town centre and demonstrations of ancient crafts.’
    • ‘On a visit to Los Angeles, he saw a demonstration of powered flight and was captivated.’
    • ‘As well as music and dancing, there was also an arts and crafts marquee offering a mixture of displays and practical demonstrations.’
    • ‘The master instructor, Koka Fukushima, gave various demonstrations of this ancient craft that has been perfected through centuries by following set rules.’
    • ‘Then we watched a video that had been taken on a flight demonstration.’
    • ‘Several suggestions were made for next years event including indoor attractions such as demonstrations in cookery, crafts and floral arrangement.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Demonstrations and exhibits ranged from electric fencing and sheep showers, to practical shearing and maintenance, and lamb cuts and cookery demonstrations.’
    • ‘For the audience, this aerial demonstration proves nothing short of spectacular.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 government and the police have been given extraordinary powers to suppress demonstrations, public meetings and press freedom.’
    • ‘In the run-up to the conference, a range of varied groups had issued calls for demonstrations and meetings.’
    • ‘At the same time the election was accompanied by continuous strikes, small and large, protest marches and student demonstrations.’
    • ‘More than 250 parents and pupils held a protest demonstration outside a meeting at which Rochdale education chiefs discussed the proposals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the idea was aborted after protesters organised public meetings, demonstrations and petitions.’
    • ‘Nearly 50 protesters staged a demonstration before the meeting and handed over letters complaining that the phone company was ignoring their views.’
    • ‘The regulations outlawed strikes and industrial action, as well as public meetings and demonstrations.’
    • ‘A demonstration that had been slated for Monday evening was designed to allow teens to voice their opposition to the bylaw, said Leo Lefebvre, 33.’
    • ‘The notice requirement would not apply to local protest marches and similar demonstrations.’
    • ‘A bunch of us organized a demonstration that turned out 300 people, and we did it in two weeks.’
    • ‘Some called it civil disobedience, others protest marches or demonstrations.’
    • ‘After my afternoon class on Monday I walked out in front of the Chapel to observe the scheduled demonstration that was taking place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The public began to challenge political leaders in demonstrations and marches.’
    • ‘The strikers held a demonstration and a public meeting.’
    • ‘Committees have been established, which have organised their own demonstrations and public meetings.’
    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.