Business, Legal & Accounting Glossary
Demand is defined as the amount of a particular good or service that buyers are willing to purchase at a specific point along the supply curve (on a supply and demand schedule).
1) v. to claim as a need, requirement or entitlement, as in to demand payment or performance under a contract. In a lawsuit for payment of a debt or performance of an act, the party suing (plaintiff) should allege that he/she/it demanded payment or performance. 2) n. a claim, such as an unqualified request for payment or other action. 3) the amount requested by a plaintiff (usually in writing) during negotiations to settle a lawsuit. 4) adj. referring to a note payable at any time a request to pay is made.
Demand is an economic measure, which expresses a desire, as well as the ability to pay for goods and services. In and of itself, demand is neither a physical need nor emotional desire. Rather, demand can be understood as willingness to trade things of value, such as goods, money, and labour, for variable amounts of goods and services. The degree to which the demand for goods and services varies is determined by the price asked. Thus, for example, aggregate demand is the figure which represents a total amount of goods and services demanded by the economy at a given market price. Supply is another important parameter with which demand interacts. Economists use the demand curve to calculate and express demand graphically.
Prices usually go up when demand exceeds supply.
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