A demonstration is a show, or display. If you are against war, you might go to an anti-war demonstration in front of the White House. You might need to see a demonstration of napkin folding before you take a job as a waitress.

Dressing well for a job interview and showing up on time is considered a demonstration of your seriousness about the job. Crying is a demonstration of your feelings. If you sell website design you can make a demonstration site, or demo, so clients can see what they would get if they hired you.

Definitions of demonstration
  1. noun
    a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
    “he gave the customer a demonstration
    synonyms: presentation, presentment
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    the act of exhibiting
    presentation to view in an open or public manner
    the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
    lecture demonstration
    presentation of an example of what the lecturer is discoursing about
    a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration
    dramatic performance, dramatic production
    the act of performing a drama
    an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand
    extemporisation, extemporization, improvisation
    a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
    juggle, juggling
    throwing and catching several objects simultaneously
    conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick
    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    musical performance
    the act of performing music
    one-night stand
    a performance in one place on one night only
    interpretation, rendering, rendition
    the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
    last hurrah, swan song
    a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
    debunking, repudiation
    the exposure of falseness or pretensions
    (law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
    an exhibition of cowboy skills
    program, programme
    a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
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    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  2. noun
    a visual presentation showing how something works
    “the lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations
    “the lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response”
    synonyms: demo
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    display, show
    something intended to communicate a particular impression
    expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion
    expression without words
    exemplification, illustration
    showing by example
    lamentation, mourning
    the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
    big stick
    a display of force or power
    gaudery, pomp
    cheap or pretentious or vain display
    a manifestation of insincerity
    blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst
    an unrestrained expression of emotion
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    visual communication
    communication that relies on vision
  3. noun
    a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)
    “there were violent demonstrations against the war”
    synonyms: manifestation
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    Boston Tea Party
    demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Native Americans) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor; organized as a protest against taxes on tea
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    occasion when workers continue to work as a protest against e.g. proposed dismissal or closure of the factory
    protest march
    occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license
    a peaceful, stationary demonstration or protest, especially at night
    peace march
    a protest march against (a particular) war and in favor of peace
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    dissent, objection, protest
    the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
  4. noun
    a show of military force or preparedness
    “he confused the enemy with feints and demonstrations
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    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  5. noun
    proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion
    synonyms: monstrance
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    a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it
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