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demand n1 : a formal request or call for something (as payment for a debt) esp. based on a right or made with force [a shareholder must first make a on the corporation's board of directors to act "R. C. Clark"] [a written for payment]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.