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NOUN (5)

1. an urgent or peremptory request;
- Example: "his demands for attention were unceasing"

2. the ability and desire to purchase goods and services;
- Example: "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"
- Example: "the demand exceeded the supply"

3. required activity;
- Example: "the requirements of his work affected his health"
- Example: "there were many demands on his time"
[syn: requirement, demand]

4. the act of demanding;
- Example: "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"

5. a condition requiring relief;
- Example: "she satisfied his need for affection"
- Example: "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"
- Example: "there is a demand for jobs"
[syn: need, demand]


VERB (6)

1. request urgently and forcefully;
- Example: "The victim's family is demanding compensation"
- Example: "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"
- Example: "She demanded to see the manager"

2. require as useful, just, or proper;
- Example: "It takes nerve to do what she did"
- Example: "success usually requires hard work"
- Example: "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"
- Example: "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"
- Example: "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"
- Example: "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
[syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand]

3. claim as due or just;
- Example: "The bank demanded payment of the loan"
[syn: demand, exact]

4. lay legal claim to;

5. summon to court;

6. ask to be informed of;
- Example: "I demand an explanation"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Demand \De*mand"\, v. i. To make a demand; to inquire. [1913 Webster] The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? --Luke iii. 14. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Demand \De*mand"\, n. [F. demande, fr. demander. See Demand, v. t.] 1. The act of demanding; an asking with authority; a peremptory urging of a claim; a claiming or challenging as due; requisition; as, the demand of a creditor; a note payable on demand. [1913 Webster] The demand [is] by the word of the holy ones. --Dan. iv. 17. [1913 Webster] He that has confidence to turn his wishes into demands will be but a little way from thinking he ought to obtain them. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Earnest inquiry; question; query. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A diligent seeking or search; manifested want; desire to possess; request; as, a demand for certain goods; a person's company is in great demand. [1913 Webster] In 1678 came forth a second edition [Pilgrim's Progress] with additions; and then the demand became immense. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 4. That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate. [1913 Webster] 5. (Law) (a) The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due. (b) The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person. (c) A thing or amount claimed to be due. [1913 Webster] In demand, in request; being much sought after. On demand, upon presentation and request of payment. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Demand \De*mand"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Demanding.] [F. demander, LL. demandare to demand, summon, send word, fr. L. demandare to give in charge, intrust; de- + mandare to commit to one's charge, commission, order, command. Cf. Mandate, Commend.] 1. To ask or call for with authority; to claim or seek from, as by authority or right; to claim, as something due; to call for urgently or peremptorily; as, to demand a debt; to demand obedience. [1913 Webster] This, in our foresaid holy father's name, Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question. [1913 Webster] I did demand what news from Shrewsbury. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) To call into court; to summon. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

demand n 1: an urgent or peremptory request; "his demands for attention were unceasing" 2: the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply" [ant: supply] 3: required activity; "the requirements of his work affected his health"; "there were many demands on his time" [syn: requirement, demand] 4: the act of demanding; "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money" 5: a condition requiring relief; "she satisfied his need for affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"; "there is a demand for jobs" [syn: need, demand] v 1: request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager" 2: require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent" [syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand] [ant: eliminate, obviate, rid of] 3: claim as due or just; "The bank demanded payment of the loan" [syn: demand, exact] 4: lay legal claim to 5: summon to court 6: ask to be informed of; "I demand an explanation"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

304 Moby Thesaurus words for "demand": address, admission, admission fee, anchorage, application, apply for, appoint, appurtenance, ask, ask a question, ask about, ask for, ask questions, asking, assess, at once, authority, authorize, bare necessities, be hurting for, be indicated, beg leave, behest, bespeak, bid, bid come, bill of sale, birthright, blackmail, bone of contention, bother, bring into question, brokerage, brook no denial, burden with, burdening, call, call away, call back, call for, call forth, call in, call out, call together, call up, carfare, catechism, cellarage, challenge, charge, charge for, charges, charging, cite, claim, clamor for, coerce, command, compel, conjugal right, conjure, conjure up, constrain, convene, convoke, cover charge, coveted, crave, cross-interrogatory, cross-question, cry for, cry out for, debating point, demand for, desideration, desideratum, desirable, desire, desired, dictate, direct, divine right, dockage, doing, droit, due, dues, enjoin, enquire, entrance fee, essential, essentials, evoke, exact, exaction, exactment, expressed desire, extort, extortion, faculty, fail, fare, fasten upon, fee, feeler, file for, force, freight with, freighting, have occasion for, hire, immediately, impetration, impose, impose on, impose upon, imposing an onus, imposition, in demand, inalienable right, inconsiderateness, inconvenience, indent, indispensable, inflict on, inflict upon, infliction, inquire, inquire of, inquiry, insist, insist on, insistence, interest, interpellate, interrogation, interrogative, interrogatory, invoke, issue, issue an ultimatum, lack, lay, lay down, lay on, laying on, leader, leading question, leave no option, levy, license fee, loading, loading down, make a demand, make a request, make a requisition, make application, make dutiable, make inquiry, make obligatory, market, marketability, mass market, moot point, must, must item, muster, muster up, natural right, necessaries, necessitate, necessities, necessity, need, need for, needed, oblige, obtrusiveness, occasion, on call, on demand, order, order up, outcry, outlet, page, petition, pilotage, place, place an order, point at issue, point in question, popular, portage, postulate, power, preconize, prerequire, prerequirement, prerequisite, prerogative, prescribe, prescription, presumptive right, presumptuousness, pretense, pretension, pro rata, problem, proper claim, property right, propose a question, propound a question, prorate, put, put down, put in for, put in requisition, put on, put queries, put upon, query, question, question at issue, question mark, quodlibet, recall, rend from, rending, request, require, require an answer, requirement, requisite, requisition, retail, right, ripping, saddle with, sale, salvage, scot, scot and lot, screw, send after, send for, serve, set, shot, solicit, stick for, storage, subject to, subpoena, summon, summon forth, summon up, summons, take, take doing, take no denial, task, tasking, tax, taxing, tear from, tearing, the necessary, the needful, tie-in, tithe, title, toll, topic, towage, trial balloon, trouble, turnover, unwarranted demand, use, vested interest, vested right, vexed question, want, want doing, want to know, wanted, warn, weight down with, weighting, wharfage, whistle for, wholesale, wish, without delay, wrench, wrench from, wrenching, wrest, wresting, wring, wring from, wringing, yoke with
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DEMAND, contracts. A claim; a legal obligation. 2. Lord Coke says, that demand is a word of art, and of an extent, in its signification, greater than any other word except claim. Litt. sect. 508; Co. Litt. 291; 2 Hill, R. 220; 9 S. & R. 124; 6 Watts and S. 226. Hence a release of all demands is, in general, a release of all covenants, real and personal, conditions, whether broken or not, annuities, recognizances, obligations, contracts, and the like. 3 Tho. Co. Litt. 427; 3 Penna, 120; 2 Hill, R. 228. 3. But a release of all demands does not discharge rent before it is due, if it be a rent incident to the reversion; for the rent was not only not due, but the consideration - the future enjoyment of the lands - for which the rent was to be given, was not executed. 1 Sid. 141; 1 Lev. 99 3 Lev. 274; Bac. Ab. Release, I.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DEMAND, practice. A requisition or a request by one individual to another to do a particular thing. 2. Demands are either express or implied. In many cases, an express demand must be made before the commencement of an action, some of which will be considered below; in other cases an implied demand is all that the law requires, and the bringing of an action is a sufficient demand in those cases. 1 Saund. 33, note 2. 3. A demand is frequently necessary to secure to a man all his rights, both in actions arising on contracts and those which are founded on some tort. It is requisite also, when it is intended to bring the party into contempt for not performing an order which has been made a rule of court. 4.-1. Whether a demand is requisite before the plaintiff can commence an action arising on contract, depends upon express or implied stipulations of the parties. In case of the sale of property, for example, to be paid for on delivery, a demand of it must be made before the commencement of an action for non-delivery, and proved on the trial, unless it can be shown that the seller has incapacitated himself by a resale and delivery of the property to another person, or otherwise. 1 East, R. 204 5 T. R. 409; 10 East, R. 359; 5 B. & Ald. 712 2 Bibb, 280 Hardin, 79; 1 Verm. 25; 5 Cowen, 516. 16 Mass. 453; 6 Mass. 61 4 Mass. 474; 3 Bibb, 85; 3 Wend. 556; 5 Munf. R. 1; 2 Greenl. 308; 9 John. 361; 6 Hill, N. Y. Rep. 297. 5. On the same principles, a request on a general promise to marry is requisite, unless it be dispensed with by the party's marrying another person, which puts it out of his power to fulfill his contract, or that he refuses to marry at any time. 2 Dow. & Ry. 55; 1 Chit. Pr. 57, note (n), and 438, note (e) 6. A demand of rent must always be made before a re-entry for the non- payment of rent. Vide Re-entry. 7. When a note is given and no time of payment is mentioned, it is payable immediately. 8 John. R. 374; 5 Cowen, R. 516 1 Conn. R. 404; 1 Bibb, R. 164; 1 Blackf. R. 233. 8. There are cases where, a demand is not originally necessary, but becomes so by the act of the obligor. On a promissory note no express demand of payment is requisite before bringing an action, but if the debtor tenders the amount due to the creditor on the note, it becomes necessary before bringing. an action, to make a demand of the debtor for payment; and this should be of the very sum tendered. 1 Campb. 181 Id. 474; 1 Stark. R. 323; 2 E. C. L. R. 409. 9. When a debt or obligation is payable, and no day of payment is fixed, it is payable, on demand. In omnibus obligationibus in quibus dies non ponitur, presenti die debitur. Jac. Introd. 62; 7 T. R. 427 Barn. & Cr. 157. The demand must, however, be made in a reasonable time, for after the lapse of twenty years, a presumption will arise that the note has been paid; but, like some other presumptions, it may be rebutted, by showing the fact that the note remains unpaid. 5 Esp. R. 52 1 D. & R. 16 Byles on Bills, 169. 10. When demand of the payment of a debt, secured by note or other instrument, is made, the party making it should be ready to deliver up such note or instrument, on payment. If it has been lost or destroyed, an indemnity should be offered. 2 Taunt. 61; 3 Taunt. 397; 5 Taunt. 30; 6 Mass. R. 524; 7 Mass. R. 483; 13 Mass. R. 557; 11 Wheat. R. 171; 4 Verm. R. 313; 7 Gill & Johns. 78 3 Whart. R. 116; 12 Pick. R. 132 17 Mass. 449. 11.-2. It is requisite in some cases arising ex delicto, to make a demand of restoration of the right before the commencement of an action. 12. The following are examples 1. When the wife, apprentice, or servant of one person, has been harbored by another, the proper course is to make a demand of restoration before an action brought, in order to constitute the party a willful wrongdoer, unless the plaintiff can prove an original illegal enticing away. 2 Lev. 63: Willes, 582; 1 Peake's C. N. P. 55; 5 East, 39; 6 T. R. 652; 4 Moore's R. 12 16 E. C. L. R. 3 5 7. 13.-2. In cases where the taking of goods is lawful, but their subsequent detention becomes illegal, it is absolutely necessary, in order to secure sufficient evidence of a conversion on the trial, to give a formal notice of the owner's right to the property and possession, and to make a formal demand in writing of the delivery of such possession to the owner. The refusal to comply with such a demand, unless justified by some right which the possessor may have in the thing detained, will in general afford sufficient evidence of a conversion. 2 Saund. 47, note (e); 1 Chit. Pr. 566. 14.-3. When a nuisance has been erected or continued by a man on his own land) it is advisable, particularly in the case of a private nuisance, to give the party notice and request him to remove it, either before an entry is made for the purpose of abating it, or an action is commenced against the wrong doer and a demand is always indispensable in cases of a continuance of a nuisance originally created by another person. 2 B. & C. 302; S. C. 9 E. C. L. R. 96 Cro. Jac. 555; 5 Co. 100, 101; 2 Phil. Ev. 8, 18, n. 119; 1 East, 111; 7 Vin. Ab. 506; 1 Ayl. Pand. 497; Bac. Ab. Rent, 1. Vide articles Abatement of Nuisance, and if Nuisance. For the allegation of a demand or request in a declaration, see article Licet scoepius requisitus; and Com. Dig. Pleader, C 70 2 Chit. Pl. 84; 1 Saund. 33, note 2; 1 Chit. Pl. 322. 15.-4. When an order to pay money, or to do any other thing, has been made a rule of court, a demand for the payment of the money, or performance of the thing, must be made before an attachment will be issued for a contempt. 2 Dowl. P. C. 338, 448: 1 C. M. & R. 88, 459; 4 Tyr. 369; 2 Scott, 193; 4 Dowl. P. C. 114; 1 Hodges 197; 1 Har. & Woll. 216; 1 Hodges, 157; Id. 337; 4 Dowl. P. C. 86.