constituent


1con·stit·u·ent

noun \-wənt, -ənt\

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

: one of the parts that form something

Full Definition of CONSTITUENT

1
:  one who authorizes another to act as agent :  principal
2
:  a member of a constituency
3
:  an essential part :  component, element
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

  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 of CONSTITUENT

French constituant, from Middle French, from present participle of constituer to constitute, from Latin constituere
First Known Use: 1622

Other Government and Politics Terms

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

2constituent

adjective

: forming part of a whole

Full Definition of CONSTITUENT

1
:  serving to form, compose, or make up a unit or whole :  component <constituent parts>
2
:  having the power to create a government or frame or amend a constitution <a constituent assembly>
con·stit·u·ent·ly adverb

Examples of CONSTITUENT

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

Origin of CONSTITUENT

Latin constituent-, constituens, present participle of constituere
First Known Use: 1660

Other Government and Politics Terms

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

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