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 Merkel made the admission in parliament after being asked about a recent report from Der Spiegel magazine claiming hackers obtained emails from her constituency office in 2015. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Germany's Merkel accuses Russia of hacking her email account," 13 May 2020 But Likud is his home, his constituency, his sanctuary and the key to his survival. Aaron David Miller, Time, "To Annex or Not to Annex: What Will Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Do Next?," 13 May 2020 All the while, Bridenstine has something to offer each of his constituencies. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A 2024 Moon landing may sound crazy, but NASA is giving its best shot," 11 May 2020 But as the crisis carries on, the pressure facing DeWine – mostly coming from within his Republican constituency – has increased. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine faced pressure to rapidly scale back coronavirus restrictions. He didn’t cave.," 27 Apr. 2020 The measure, which takes effect at noon on Sunday but had been debated for days, faced resistance from ultra-Orthodox ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government who rejected singling out their constituency., "As they console coronavirus’s victims, Italy’s priests are dying, too," 12 Apr. 2020 Not just from women’s basketball fans and our core constituency but men’s basketball fans, NBA players. oregonlive, "'There’s always going to be a little hole in my heart’: Oregon women’s basketball coping with reality of forever unfinished business," 13 Mar. 2020 Sanders is leading in several states going into Super Tuesday, however, and has a large, loyal and motivated grassroots organization to turn out his key constituencies, especially young people and people of color, especially Hispanics. CBS News, "What you need to know about Super Tuesday primary elections," 3 Mar. 2020 In other words, presidents tend to award Presidential Medals of Freedom to members of their party’s key constituency groups. Christopher Devine, The Conversation, "What is the Presidential Medal of Freedom?," 4 Feb. 2020

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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 25 May. 2020.

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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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