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[dih-man-ding, -mahn-] /dɪˈmæn dɪŋ, -ˈmɑn-/
requiring or claiming more than is generally felt by others to be due:
a demanding teacher.
calling for intensive effort or attention; taxing:
a demanding job.
Origin of demanding
First recorded in 1520-30; demand + -ing2
Related forms
demandingly, adverb
nondemanding, adjective
overdemanding, adjective
overdemandingly, adverb
quasi-demanding, adjective
quasi-demandingly, adverb
undemanding, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for undemanding
Contemporary Examples
  • For a long while now, the piloting community has been concerned about the undemanding workload of highly automated cockpits.

Historical Examples
  • He must make her happy, this modest, undemanding girl whom he had made woman and a wife.

    Fairfax and His Pride Marie Van Vorst
  • As Goody Hawks tiptoed from the room, he felt again on his chest the undemanding weightless warmth.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Here in the undemanding night Ben found it possible to command the earth to be not vast but small.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Ben in the undemanding hours of the days that followed could yet inquire: Where is the way where light dwelleth?

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • And I looked out upon the perfect beauty of the world around me, and I saw how little excited it was, how placid, how undemanding.

  • I used to follow him about silently, like an undemanding little dog, content to follow at his heels.

  • A woman used to come in to him sometimes—a strange, undemanding woman who seemed to come from nowhere and to lead to nowhere.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
British Dictionary definitions for undemanding


not requiring great patience, skill, attention, etc: an undemanding book


requiring great patience, skill, etc: a demanding job
Derived Forms
demandingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undemanding

1879, from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of demand (v.).



early 15c., "asking, questioning," present participle adjective from demand (v.). Meaning "insistent" is by late 19c. Related: Demandingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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