con·​stit·​u·​en·​cy | \ kən-ˈstich-wən(t)-sē How to pronounce constituency (audio) , -ˈsti-chə-, -ˈsti-chü-ən(t)- \
plural constituencies

Definition of constituency

1a : a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative (as to a legislative or executive position) the governor's liberal constituency
b : the residents in an electoral district The senator's constituency includes a large minority population.
c : an electoral district
2a : 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 (such as a business or institution) … regards its corporate customers as its prime constituency.— Andrew Hacker

Examples of constituency in a Sentence

The senator's constituency includes a large minority population. He was elected to represent a Liverpool constituency.
Recent Examples on the Web Our political system increasingly rewards officials acting against the interests of their own constituency and the country. Fortune, 18 Jan. 2022 And, there is no significant political constituency in reform for a deal. CBS News, 5 Jan. 2022 There is no natural constituency for the destitute of yore, although their stories far outnumber the aristocracy’s and say just as much about this country as the fortunes of any duke. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Empowered by his own government to represent his small country, Monterrey saw a chance to multiple its constituency and amplify a broader message: Panama would use its time during a Thursday afternoon plenary session to speak for all young people. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 The rationale behind pulling the report on behavioral changes off the internet may well emerge from this friction—that is, from the Conservative government’s unwillingness to impose restrictions upon business, its core constituency. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2021 This is probably because there is no political constituency for fiscal restraint. Eric Blankenstein, National Review, 15 Sep. 2021 The other problem is that there is no constituency for nuclear. James Conca, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 As fewer and fewer people are responsible for paying more and more of all taxes, the constituency for tax cutting, much less for tax reform, is eroding. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of constituency

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for constituency

see constitute

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“Constituency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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con·​stit·​u·​en·​cy | \ kən-ˈsti-chə-wən-sē How to pronounce constituency (audio) \
plural constituencies

Legal Definition of constituency

1 : a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative (as to a legislative or executive office)
2 : the residents in an electoral district
3 : an electoral district

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