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[ dih-man-ding, -mahn- ]


  1. requiring or claiming more than is generally felt by others to be due:

    a demanding teacher.

  2. calling for intensive effort or attention; taxing:

    a demanding job.


/ dɪˈmɑːndɪŋ /


  1. requiring great patience, skill, etc

    a demanding job

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Derived Forms

  • deˈmandingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • de·manding·ly adverb
  • nonde·manding adjective
  • over·de·manding adjective
  • over·de·manding·ly adverb
  • quasi-de·manding adjective
  • quasi-de·manding·ly adverb
  • unde·manding adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of demanding1

First recorded in 1520–30; demand + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

There’s this homeostasis when people are engaged and they’re not tired, and whatever they’re paying attention at the time is not too demanding or too boring, they probably don’t need to be fidgeting.

“We accept a responsibility as daunting and demanding as any that previous generations of leadership have faced,” the California Democrat told the chamber as she accepted a fresh two-year term in her post, perhaps her last.

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“We are not going to forget, as we move into the challenging and demanding years ahead, that no group of our citizens can be denied the right to participate in the opportunities of first-class citizenship,” Sanford said near the end of his speech.

This is his seventh NFL season, and even in a sport as physical and demanding as football, Moses’s ability and willingness to play through injury stand out.

If hard and seemingly futile work on a difficult problem is followed up with a less demanding activity that does not require complete focus—walking, showering, cooking—a mind is free to wander.

When Yoo and Lee were arrested for the bombing and the snakes, Korean film employees staged protests demanding their release.

Conservatives get nowhere by demanding “deregulation,” because liberals are correct that most Americans want clean water.

To this day, Tavakoli is languishing in prison for nothing more than demanding basic human rights.

The deacon said he is demanding an explanation from Williams.

Before their sitdown Friday, Justice League NYC had been demanding a meeting with the mayor for more than a week.

But she did not mind; there appeared to be a hundred different things demanding her attention indoors.

Other newspapers had taken up the cry, demanding that the Black Hood be taken dead or alive.

When about half way to Monticello three rough-looking men blocked the road, demanding his name and the reason of his haste.

Everywhere man is earnestly and sternly demanding an equitable distribution of the productions of nature and art.

This is a difficult task, demanding the most delicate musical perception, as well as a great knowledge of musical history.





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