- The definition of demonstration is a proof or example of something.
- When protesters get together to show their presence and support, this is an example of a demonstration.
- When a child shows the class how his science project works, this is an example of a demonstration.
Protesters stage a demonstration.
- the act, process, or means of making evident or proving
- an explanation by example, experiment, etc.
- a practical showing of how something works or is used; specif., such a showing of a product in an effort to sell it
- a display or outward show: a demonstration of grief
- a public show of feeling or opinion, as by a mass meeting or parade
- a show of military force or preparedness
- a logical proof in which a certain conclusion is shown to follow from certain premises
Origin of demonstrationMiddle English demonstracion ; from Classical Latin demonstratio ; from demonstrare: see demonstrate
- a. The act or process of providing evidence for or showing the truth of something: a demonstration of the drug's efficacy; a demonstration of the theorem.b. An illustration or explanation, as of a theory or product, by exemplification or practical application: a demonstration of ballroom dancing.
- a. A piece of evidence: That car he bought is supposed to be a demonstration of his commitment to clean energy.b. An expression or manifestation, as of one's feelings: a demonstration of her displeasure.
- A public display of group opinion, as by a rally or march: peace demonstrations.
From Old French demonstration, from Latin demonstrationem, from demonstrare (“show or explain”), from de- (“of or concerning”) + monstrare (“show”).