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DEMAND, L. To command to send hence, to commit or entrust. To ask is to press or urge.

1. To ask or call for, as one who has a claim or right to receive what is sought to claim or seek as due by right. The creditor demands principal and interest of his debt. Here the claim is derived from law or justice.
2. To ask by authority to require to seek or claim an answer by virtue of a right or supposed right in the interrogator, derived from his office, station, power or authority.

The officers of the children of Israel-were beaten, and demanded, wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick. Ex. 5.

3. To require as necessary or useful as, the execution of this work demands great industry and care.
4. To ask to question to inquire.

The soldiers also demanded of him, saying, what shall we do? Luke 3 .

5. To ask or require, as a seller of goods as, what price do you demand?
6. To sue for to seek to obtain by legal process as, the plaintiff, in his action, demands unreasonable damages.

In French, demander generally signifies simply to ask, request, or petition, when the answer or thing asked for, is a matter of grace or courtesy. But in English, demand is now seldom used in that sense, and rarely indeed can the French demander be rendered correctly in English by demand, except in the case of the seller of goods, who demands, asks, requires, a certain price for his wares. The common expression, a king sent to demand another kings daughter in marriage, is improper.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Demand'. King James Dictionary.

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