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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
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
  • 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
  • Here in the undemanding night Ben found it possible to command the earth to be not vast but small.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • As Goody Hawks tiptoed from the room, he felt again on his chest the undemanding weightless warmth.

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

    Fairfax and His Pride Marie Van Vorst
  • 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.

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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