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also de·mar·ka·tion  (dē′mär-kā′shən)
1. The setting or marking of boundaries or limits.
2. A separation; a distinction: a line of demarcation between two rock strata.

[Spanish demarcación, from demarcar, to mark boundaries : de-, off (from Latin dē-; see de-) + marcar, to mark (from Italian marcare, from Old Italian, of Germanic origin; see merg- in Indo-European roots).]
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(ˌdiːmɑːˈkeɪʃən) or


1. the act of establishing limits or boundaries
2. a limit or boundary
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms)
a. a strict separation of the kinds of work performed by members of different trade unions
b. (as modifier): demarcation dispute.
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) separation or distinction (often in the phrase line of demarcation)
[C18: Latinized version of Spanish demarcación, from demarcar to appoint the boundaries of, from marcar to mark, from Italian marcare, of Germanic origin; see mark1]
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or de•mar•ka•tion

(ˌdi mɑrˈkeɪ ʃən)

1. the determining and marking off of the boundaries of something.
2. separation by distinct boundaries: line of demarcation.
[1720–30; Sp demarcación, derivative of demarcar to mark out the bounds of < Italian marcare]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demarcation - the boundary of a specific areademarcation - the boundary of a specific area  
edge - the outside limit of an object or area or surface; a place farthest away from the center of something; "the edge of the leaf is wavy"; "she sat on the edge of the bed"; "the water's edge"
boundary, bounds, bound - the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
city limit, city limits - the limits of the area occupied by a city or town
upper limit - the limit on the upper (or northernmost) side of something
lower limit - the limit on the lower (or southernmost) side of something
three-mile limit - the limit of a nation's territorial waters
2.demarcation - a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
differentiation, distinction - a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation"
point of no return, Rubicon - a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment
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1. limit, bound, margin, boundary, confine, enclosure, pale The demarcation of the border between the two countries.
2. delimitation, division, distinction, separation, differentiation The demarcation of duties became more blurred.
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A. Ndemarcación f
B. CPD demarcation dispute Nconflicto m de competencias laborales
demarcation line Nlínea f de demarcación
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nAbgrenzung f, → Demarkation f; demarcation lineDemarkationslinie f; demarcation disputeStreit mum den Zuständigkeitsbereich
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[ˌdiːmɑːˈkeɪʃn] n (frm) → demarcazione f
demarcation dispute → controversia settoriale or di categoria
demarcation line → linea di demarcazione
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He, however, appealed to the state and Local Government Councils, Traditional Institutions and communities in the affected areas to support the commission in carrying out the Enumeration Area Demarcation by allowing demarcators unfettered access to facilities and places in the areas to be demarcated.
But as things stand today India vs Pakistan, Hindu vs Muslims or Muslims vs the rest are demarcators that have defined religious identities in South Asia at loggerheads with each other.
Seats tend to be organized by number, row, and block; they are individualized not only abstractly, in this way, but also physically with demarcators such as arm rests and seat divides.