Demarcation Definition

dēmär-kāshən
demarcations
noun
demarcations
The act of setting and marking limits or boundaries.
Webster's New World
A limit or boundary.
Webster's New World
A separation or distinction.
Webster's New World

Any strictly defined separation.

There is an alleged, in fact somewhat artificial demarcation in the type of work done by members of different trade unions.
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Other Word Forms of Demarcation

Noun

Singular:
demarcation
Plural:
demarcations

Origin of Demarcation

  • First recorded c.1752, from Spanish linea de demarcacion and/or Portuguese linha de demarcação, the demarcation line laid down by the Pope on May 4, 1493, dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal on a line 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands. Both derive from demarcar, from de- + marcar (“to mark”), from Italian marcare, from the Germanic root of march.

    From Wiktionary

  • Spanish demarcación from demarcar to mark boundaries de- off (from Latin dē- de–) marcar to mark (from Italian marcare) (from Old Italian of Germanic origin merg- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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