Adjective "demand" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An insistent and peremptory request, made as of right.
  1. 'It is also less likely to be hijacked by frivolous requests or by demands for unrealistically large quantities of material by one particular lobby group.'
  2. 'Requests for trade were followed by demands for forts and land.'
  3. 'Even if a proper capability development process was instituted, it could never have restrained Hitler's insistent demands for weapons of retaliation.'
  4. 'He was faced with the great challenge of updating a decrepit and wasteful government system and responding to demands for increased freedom while maintaining order.'
  5. 'Back then there were worker protests, out-of-town reporters and excited demands for tariffs on imported steel.'
  6. 'Federal intelligence law bans those who receive certain types of demands for records from challenging the order or even telling anyone they have received it.'
  7. 'At the core of the controversy were insistent African demands for greater participation in government and European fears of losing political control.'
  8. 'His ideas proved an important source for modern demands for freedom of information.'
  9. 'It's just another challenge on top of all the demands for accountability and raising test scores.'
  10. 'It has brought insistent demands for a further enquiry about the intelligence services and weapons of mass destruction.'
  11. 'he's got enough demands on his time already'
  12. 'The growing awareness of this condition is creating increasing demands on psychiatric care services.'
  13. 'Because of the increasing demands on young figure skaters, some medical concerns have arisen.'
  14. 'Ultimately, he says, we must bring our demands on the planet's resources more in line with what the planet can sustain.'
  15. 'The requirement for greater flexibility of thought also places increased demands on one's judgment and intuition.'
  16. 'Children are maturing quicker than before and there are increasing demands on today's young parents.'
  17. 'Some bars' licensing conditions in the city also place other demands on the owners of bars.'
  18. 'Sports that involve facing a competitor in a direct struggle place different demands on a person than sports that require solitary concentration.'
  19. 'He said although the service attracted younger wardens, the younger generation tended to have demands on their time.'
  20. 'The fitness, stamina agility and dedication it requires must place great demands on the body.'
  21. 'Celebrity doesn't place any demands on a person; it requires nothing but itself.'
  22. count noun 'a demand for specialists'
  23. 'Demand for tickets is again expected to be considerable this week.'
  24. 'In addition, server customers tend to demand higher performing systems well ahead of consumers.'


Ask authoritatively or brusquely.
  1. with clause 'the police demanded that he give them the names'
  2. 'The protestors demanded to see the mayor but were refused.'
  3. '‘Then tell me the truth,’ she demands in a whisper in between kisses.'
  4. 'A one-page letter demanded to see all software licences to prove the software wasn't counterfeit.'
  5. 'Politicians and patients' groups are now demanding to know how health officials managed to get it so wrong.'
  6. 'They were demanding that the erring police officials be arrested and action taken against them.'
  7. 'Medical reports confirm he is in a terminal decline and lawyers have written to prison authorities demanding he is released on compassionate grounds.'
  8. '‘Where are our girls?’ they demanded in a hoarse whisper.'
  9. 'He went to a former girlfriend's home, demanding to speak to her.'
  10. 'Officials marched in with police back-up, demanding to see the staff's working permits.'
  11. 'At first, she angrily demanded to know where he had been.'
  12. 'too much was being demanded of the top players'
  13. 'The company offered its drivers massive pay increases to keep them and the conductors also demanded more money.'
  14. 'The more the government does, the more that is demanded of it.'
  15. 'My laptop is straining under the weight of what is demanded of it.'
  16. 'The time has come to ask hard questions about how much further change should be demanded of the civil service.'
  17. 'The Republicans also demanded more campaign money and help for the upcoming election.'
  18. 'Over the next two years it is probable that teachers, local government, the police and others will demand more.'
  19. 'The nonsmokers could demand what they wanted in exchange for their rations.'
  20. 'Forgiveness can never be demanded of victims and certainly not in the absence of admissions of wrongdoing.'
  21. 'But a police officer should not demand more than his commander has given to him.'
  22. 'The music is at times extraordinary complex, and it demands three to four times the number of rehearsals required for almost any other opera.'
  23. 'Democracy doesn't require - it demands a full and rigorous debate of this Bill.'
  24. 'Nothing less will be demanded or required on Tuesday evening.'
  25. 'He demands detailed contracts for everything, despite the protests of natives used to short-form deal memos.'
  26. 'Each of these activities demands resources and takes attention away from, let's say, some more fundamental types of educational needs.'
  27. 'An all out performance requires and demands vigorous muscular effort, but only during the most propulsive phase of a stroke.'
  28. 'Community groups got intensely involved, demanding a wealth of detailed information.'
  29. 'Examining the legality of the route demands a detailed proportionality assessment.'
  30. 'Most of these activities rely on traditionally acquired skills that do not demand modern technical knowledge.'

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verb (used with object)

1. to ask for with proper authority; claim as a right: He demanded payment of the debt.

2. to ask for peremptorily or urgently: He demanded sanctuary. She demanded that we let her in.

3. to call for or require as just, proper, or necessary: This task demands patience. Justice demands objectivity.

4. Law. to lay formal legal claim to. to summon, as to court.

verb (used without object)

5. to make a demand; inquire; ask.


6. the act of demanding.

More examples(as adjective)

"productions can be demand in places."

"tortures can be demand to practices."

"prices can be demand with prices."

"clauses can be demand by employers."

"changes can be demand in policies."

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Middle English (as a noun): from Old French demande (noun), demander (verb), from Latin demandare ‘hand over, entrust’ (in medieval Latin ‘demand’), from de- ‘formally’ + mandare ‘to order’.


in demand
on demand