- past participle
- present participle
an urgent or peremptory request
"his demands for attention were unceasing"
the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
"the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply"
requirement, demand (noun)
"the requirements of his work affected his health"; "there were many demands on his time"
the act of demanding
"the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"
need, demand (verb)
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"
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"
necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand (verb)
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"
demand, exact (verb)
claim as due or just
"The bank demanded payment of the loan"
lay legal claim to
summon to court
ask to be informed of
"I demand an explanation"
The desire to purchase goods and services.
The amount of a good or service that consumers are willing to buy at a particular price.
A claim for something.
An urgent request.
(electric) the measure of the maximum power load of a utility's customer over a short period of time; the power load integrated over a specified time interval.
To request forcefully.
To claim a right to something.
To ask forcefully for information.
To require of someone.
To issue a summons to court.
In the theory of Jacques Lacan, demand represents the way instinctive desires are inevitably alienated through the effects of language on the human condition. The concept of demand was developed by Lacan in parallel to those of need and desire to account for the role of speech on human aspirations. Demand forms part of Lacan's battle against the approach to language acquisition favored by ego psychology, and makes use of Kojeve's theory of desire. Demand is not a Freudian concept.
In economics, demand is the quantity of a good that consumers are willing and able to purchase at various prices during a given period of time. The relationship between price and quantity demanded is also called the demand curve. Demand for a specific item is a function of an item's perceived necessity, price, perceived quality, convenience, available alternatives, purchasers' disposable income and tastes, and many other factors.