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dem·​o·​graph·​ic | \ ˌde-mə-ˈgra-fik
, ˌdē-mə- \
Definition of demographic (Entry 1 of 2)
1demographics plural
: the statistical characteristics of human populations (such as age or income) used especially to identify markets
a change in the state's demographics
2business
: a market or segment of the population identified by demographics
trying to reach a younger demographic
demographic adjective
variants: or less commonly demographical \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl
, ˌdē-​mə-​ \
Definition of demographic (Entry 2 of 2)
1: of or relating to demography or demographics
demographic data
2
sociology
: relating to the dynamic balance of a population especially with regard to density (see DENSITY sense 2c) and capacity for expansion or decline
demographic trends
a demographic shift
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demographically \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē
, ˌdē-​mə-​ \ adverb
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Demographic analysis, the statistical description of human populations, is a tool used by government agencies, political parties, and manufacturers of consumer goods. Polls conducted on every topic imaginable, from age to toothpaste preference, give the government and corporations an idea of who the public is and what it needs and wants. The government's census, which is conducted every ten years, is the largest demographic survey of all. Today demographic is also being used as a noun; so, for example, TV advertisers are constantly worrying about how to appeal to "the 18-to-24-year-old demographic".
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Noun
The town's demographics suggest that the restaurant will do well there.
The newspaper will be making some changes in order to adapt to the region's shifting demographics.
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On the individual level, create people systems that measure how individual leaders build trust, regardless of color, race, gender, or any other demographic of their team.
— Jill Griffin, Forbes, 7 July 2021
But more than any other demographic, women bore the brunt of the losses.
— Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 June 2021
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'demographic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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First Known Use of demographic
Noun
circa 1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Adjective
1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for demographic
Noun
derivative of DEMOGRAPHIC entry 2
Adjective
DEMOGRAPHY + -IC entry 1
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The first known use of demographic was in 1882
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“Demographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demographic. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.
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demographic noun
English Language Learners Definition of demographic (Entry 1 of 2)
: the qualities (such as age, sex, and income) of a specific group of people
: a group of people that has a particular set of qualities
demographic adjective
English Language Learners Definition of demographic (Entry 2 of 2)
: of or relating to the study of changes that occur in large groups of people over a period of time : of or relating to demography
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demographic adjective
de·​mo·​graph·​ic | \ ˌdē-mə-ˈgraf-ik
, ˌdem-ə-
\
Medical Definition of demographic
1: of or relating to demography
2: relating to the dynamic balance of a population especially with regard to density and capacity for expansion or decline
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demographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē
\ adverb
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