con·stit·u·en·cy | \ kən-ˈstich-wən(t)-sē , -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.

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In 2010, Raab was elected as the representative for the Esher and Walton constituency in Parliament. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Meet Britain’s new ‘Brexit secretary,’ a man Theresa May once accused of fueling ‘gender warfare’," 10 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez was perhaps more keenly aware of that than others: Her mostly-Latino constituency is more worried about climate change than other demographic groups, and her own grandfather died in Hurricane Maria. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Can Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Save The Planet?," 3 July 2018 The party was smart about allocating resources, choosing candidates for constituencies and using Modi wisely. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "Here's What a Recent State-Level Vote Reveals About India's 2019 General Elections," 24 May 2018 Obviously if your travel time included activities that easily translate to the work world, emphasize those — playing a key role on a volunteer team that solved some problem for a deserving constituency, for example. New York Times, "How to Make a Travel Break Sound Like Work Experience," 6 Apr. 2018 The strategy paid off for one constituency: Harvard’s money managers. Michael Mcdonald,, "Harvard Blew $1 Billion in Bet on Tomatoes, Sugar, and Eucalyptus," 1 Mar. 2018 Liaison to social conservatives Selected as Trump’s running mate in part for his strong ties to social conservatives, Pence remains a key administration ally for that constituency. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "9 telling takeaways from Vice President Pence's first year," 21 Jan. 2018 And there is a much bigger constituency that might appreciate a dash more Trumpery in their politicians. The Economist, "Donald Trump lays into Britain’s Brexit plan," 13 July 2018 His candidacy does raise a very-2018 question: Is there a constituency out there for never-Trump Republicans? Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Meet Richard Painter, the anti-Trump former Republican who is running for Senate as a Democrat," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of constituency

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for constituency

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con·stit·u·en·cy | \ kən-ˈsti-chə-wən-sē \
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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