noun, plural démarches [dey-marsh] . French.
an action or gesture by a diplomat, especially a formal appeal, protest, or the like.
a statement, protest, or the like presented to public officials by private citizens, interest groups, etc.
a procedure or step; move; maneuver.

literally, gait

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démarche (demarʃ)
1.  a move, step, or manoeuvre, esp in diplomatic affairs
2.  a representation or statement of views, complaints, etc, to a public authority
[C17: literally: walk, gait, from Old French demarcher to tread, trample; see de-, march1]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, "walk, step," from Fr. démarche (15c.), from démarcher (12c.) "to march," from de- + marcher (see march (v.)). Meaning "a diplomatic step" attested from 1670s. A word never quite anglicized.
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Example sentences
US government officials met with industry representatives and prepared a demarche in response to the proposed regulations.
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