This question is in relation to Uma's answer to When proposing / before agreeing to marry a woman, how much can a man look at her (body)?. Specifically this snippet:
From Imam Nawawi's Minhaj Al Talibin:
The Sonna has introduced the practice of seeing a woman one proposes to marry, even without her knowing it, and even several times, before demanding her in marriage ; but the suitor must not see any more of his future wife than the face and hands. The law forbids a male adult to look upon the shameful parts of a free adult woman, a " stranger " to him — i.e. not his near relative, wife or slave.
I'm surprised by the wording "demanding her in marriage" and I'm wondering if there's any significance to this other than a language/translation matter.
Question: What did Imam Nawawi mean by "demanding her in marriage" in relation to a marriage proposal?
Presumably it doesn't mean marrying her involuntarily (see: Is it permissible for a girl to reject a proposal?).