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English noun: demonstration

1. demonstration (act) a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view

SamplesThe presentation of new data.
He gave the customer a demonstration.

Synonymspresentation, presentment

Broader (hypernym)show

Narrower (hyponym)counterdemonstration, exhibition, exposure, lecture demonstration, performance

2. demonstration (act) a show of military force or preparedness

SamplesHe confused the enemy with feints and demonstrations.

Broader (hypernym)show

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

3. demonstration (act) a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)

SamplesThere were violent demonstrations against the war.


Broader (hypernym)dissent, objection, protest

Narrower (hyponym)protest march, work-in

Instance hyponymBoston Tea Party

Domain categorygovernment, political science, politics

4. demonstration (communication) proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion


Broader (hypernym)proof

5. demonstration (communication) a visual presentation showing how something works

SamplesThe lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations.
The lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response.


Broader (hypernym)visual communication

Narrower (hyponym)display, exemplification, expression, illustration, manifestation, reflection, reflexion, show

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