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constituent

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noun con·stit·u·ent \-wənt, -ənt\

Simple Definition of constituent

  • : any one of the people who live and vote in an area : a member of a constituency

  • : one of the parts that form something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of constituent

  1. 1 :  one who authorizes another to act as agent :  principal

  2. 2 :  a member of a constituency

  3. 3 :  an essential part :  component, element

  4. 4 :  a structural unit of a definable syntactic, semantic, or phonological category that consists of one or more linguistic elements (as words, morphemes, or features) and that can occur as a component of a larger construction

Examples of constituent in a sentence

  1. She's pledged to help her elderly constituents.

  2. Many senators have received calls from constituents who want them to vote in favor of the law.

  3. the chemical constituents of the liquid



Origin and Etymology of constituent

French constituant, from Middle French, from present participle of constituer to constitute, from Latin constituere


First Known Use: 1622

Synonym Discussion of constituent

element, component, constituent, ingredient mean one of the parts of a compound or complex whole. element applies to any such part and often connotes irreducible simplicity <the basic elements of geometry>. component and constituent may designate any of the substances (whether elements or compounds) or the qualities that enter into the makeup of a complex product; component stresses its separate entity or distinguishable character <the components of a stereo system>. constituent stresses its essential and formative character <the constituents of a chemical compound>. ingredient applies to any of the substances which when combined form a particular mixture <the ingredients of a cocktail>.

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constituent

adjective con·stit·u·ent

Simple Definition of constituent

  • : forming part of a whole

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of constituent

  1. 1 :  serving to form, compose, or make up a unit or whole :  component <constituent parts>

  2. 2 :  having the power to create a government or frame or amend a constitution <a constituent assembly>

constituently

adverb

Examples of constituent in a sentence

  1. The company can be separated into several constituent parts.



Origin and Etymology of constituent

Latin constituent-, constituens, present participle of constituere


First Known Use: 1660


CONSTITUENT Defined for Kids

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constituent

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noun con·stit·u·ent \kən-ˈsti-chə-wənt\

Definition of constituent for Students

  1. 1 :  one of the parts or materials of which something is made :  element, ingredient

  2. 2 :  any of the voters who elect a person to represent them




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constituent

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adjective con·stit·u·ent

Definition of constituent for Students

  1. :  forming part of a whole




Law Dictionary

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constituent

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noun con·stit·u·ent \kən-ˈsti-chə-wənt\

Legal Definition of constituent

  1. 1 :  one who authorizes another to act as agent :  principal

  2. 2 :  a member of a constituency




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constituent

adjective con·stit·u·ent

Legal Definition of constituent

  1. :  having the power to create a government or to frame or amend a constitution <a constituent assembly>





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