[dem-uh n-strey-shuh n]


Origin of demonstration

1325–75; Middle English demonstracioun < Latin dēmonstrātiōn- (stem of dēmonstrātiō, equivalent to dēmonstrāt(us) (see demonstrate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsdem·on·stra·tion·al, adjectivedem·on·stra·tion·ist, nouncoun·ter·dem·on·stra·tion, nounpre·dem·on·stra·tion, nounre·dem·on·stra·tion, nounsub·dem·on·stra·tion, nounsu·per·dem·on·stra·tion, nounun·dem·on·stra·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the act of demonstrating
proof or evidence leading to proof
an explanation, display, illustration, or experiment showing how something works
a manifestation of grievances, support, or protest by public rallies, parades, etc
a manifestation of emotion
a show of military force or preparedness
maths a logical presentation of the assumptions and equations used in solving a problem or proving a theorem
Derived Formsdemonstrational, adjectivedemonstrationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for demonstration

late 14c., "proof that something is true," from Old French demonstration or directly from Latin demonstrationem (nominative demonstratio), noun of action from past participle stem of demonstrare "to point out, indicate, demonstrate," figuratively, "to prove, establish," from de- "entirely" (see de-) + monstrare "to point out, show," from monstrum "divine omen, wonder" (see monster). Meaning "public show of feeling," usually with a mass meeting and a procession, is from 1839. Related: Demonstrational.

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