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constituency

noun con·stit·u·en·cy \kən-ˈstich-wən(t)-sē, -ˈsti-chə-, -ˈsti-chü-ən(t)-\

: a group of people who support or who are likely to support a politican or political party

: the people who live and vote in an area

: a voting area : a district with an elected representative

plural con·stit·u·en·cies

Full Definition of CONSTITUENCY

1
a :  a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative (as to a legislative or executive position)
b :  the residents in an electoral district
c :  an electoral district
2
a :  a group or body that patronizes, supports, or offers representation <creating … a grass-roots constituency for continuing the project — Fred Reed>
b :  the people involved in or served by an organization (as a business or institution) <regards its corporate customers as its prime constituency — Andrew Hacker>

Examples of CONSTITUENCY

  1. The senator's constituency includes a large minority population.
  2. He was elected to represent a Liverpool constituency.

First Known Use of CONSTITUENCY

1831

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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