- 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
- to ask for with proper authority; claim as a right: He demanded payment of the debt.
- to ask for peremptorily or urgently: He demanded sanctuary. She demanded that we let her in.
- to call for or require as just, proper, or necessary: This task demands patience. Justice demands objectivity.
- to lay formal legal claim to.
- to summon, as to court.
- to make a demand; inquire; ask.
- the act of demanding.
- something that is demanded.
- an urgent or pressing requirement: demands upon one's time.
- the desire to purchase, coupled with the power to do so.
- the quantity of goods that buyers will take at a particular price.
- a requisition; a legal claim: The demands of the client could not be met.
- the state of being wanted or sought for purchase or use: an article in great demand.
- Archaic. inquiry; question.
- on demand, upon presentation or request for payment: The fee is payable on demand.
Origin of demand
Synonyms for demandSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for demandingonerous, stringent, tough, taxing, hard, pressing, troublesome, exhausting, strict, critical, ambitious, exacting, trying, difficult, wearing, nagging, bothersome, clamorous, dictatorial, exigent
Examples from the Web for demanding
Contemporary Examples of demanding
Conservatives get nowhere by demanding “deregulation,” because liberals are correct that most Americans want clean water.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
To this day, Tavakoli is languishing in prison for nothing more than demanding basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
The deacon said he is demanding an explanation from Williams.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Before their sitdown Friday, Justice League NYC had been demanding a meeting with the mayor for more than a week.NYC’s Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters
December 20, 2014
As I forced my exhausted body to exercise, I yelled at my legs like a drill sergeant, demanding five more minutes or one more set.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of demanding
For the first time, she was facing problems and demanding an answer.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
To Madrid, then, I hastened, on the pretence of demanding promotion.Calderon The Courtier
You have not made smaller your requests—no, you are now demanding more!The Harbor
I have never treated the subject as other than demanding heedful 2.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
She felt that she heard him listening, that she heard him demanding the sound.A Spirit in Prison
- requiring great patience, skill, etca demanding job
- to request peremptorily or urgently
- to require or need as just, urgent, etcthe situation demands attention
- to claim as a right; exacthis parents demanded obedience of him
- law to make a formal legal claim to (property, esp realty)
- an urgent or peremptory requirement or request
- something that requires special effort or sacrificea demand on one's time
- the act of demanding something or the thing demandedthe kidnappers' demand was a million pounds
- an insistent question or query
- willingness and ability to purchase goods and services
- the amount of a commodity that consumers are willing and able to purchase at a specified priceCompare supply 1 (def. 9)
- law a formal legal claim, esp to real property
- in demand sought after; popular
- on demand as soon as requesteda draft payable on demand
Word Origin for demand
early 15c., "asking, questioning," present participle adjective from demand (v.). Meaning "insistent" is by late 19c. Related: Demandingly.
late 13c., "a question," from Old French demande (see demand (v.)). Meaning "a request, claim" is from c.1300. In the political economy sense (correlating to supply) it is attested from 1776 in Adam Smith.
late 14c., "ask, make inquiry," from Old French demander (12c.) "to request; to demand," from Latin demandare "entrust, charge with a commission" (in Vulgar Latin, "to ask, request, demand"), from de- "completely" (see de-) + mandare "to order" (see mandate). Meaning "to ask for as a right" is early 15c., from Anglo-French legal use. Related: Demanded; demanding.
see in demand; make demands on; on demand.