AskDefine | Define demarcate

Dictionary Definition



1 separate clearly and as if by boundaries
2 set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something [syn: delimit, delimitate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to mark the limits or boundaries of something; to delimit
  2. to mark the difference between two causes of action; to distinguish



Verb form


Extensive Definition

Demarcation is the act of creating a boundary around a place or thing.
Demarcation may also refer to:
  • Demarcation line, a temporary border between the countries
  • Demarcation problem, the question of what theories or beliefs lie within the boundaries of science
  • Demarcation dispute, may arise when two different trade unions both claim the right to represent the same class or group of workers
  • Demarcation point, in telephony, the point at which the telephone company network ends and connects with the wiring at the customer premises
demarcate in Polish: Demarkacja (prawo)
demarcate in Russian: Демаркация

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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