constituency

noun

con·​stit·​u·​en·​cy kən-ˈstich-wən(t)-sē How to pronounce constituency (audio)
-ˈsti-chə-,
-ˈsti-chü-ən(t)-
plural constituencies
1
a
: 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
2
a
: a group or body that patronizes, supports, or offers representation
creating … a grass-roots constituency for continuing the projectFred 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 Most polls show Biden trailing Trump, the former president and presumptive Republican nominee, in a head-to-head contest, in part because Biden is underperforming among Black, Latino, and young voters − three crucial constituencies of the Democratic base. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 And with Jewish Americans and Black Americans providing two key constituencies for Biden's reelection bid, this could be a tough needle to thread. Devan Schwartz, NPR, 28 Mar. 2024 Basically, these speakers were each meant to speak to a slightly different constituency, because RFK Jr.’s main focus for so long has been anti-vaccine activism. Makena Kelly, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024 His willingness to buck his party put him at odds with teachers, trial lawyers and other powerful Democratic constituencies. Michael H. Brown, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march during a visit by President Joe Biden to a key constituency in a 2024 battleground state, in Warren, Michigan, Feb. 1, 2024. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2024 Also, constituencies near large urban cores or large cities tend to lean Democratic, in part because there is more of an emphasis on struggling to meet basic needs, Dievendorf said. Viet Anh Phan, Donte Smith, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2024 Analysts say that Netanyahu’s bellicose rhetoric over a potential Rafah operation is aimed in large part at his domestic constituency, overstating its imminence for political gain. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Levelling Up became a pork-barrel exercise: of seven hundred and twenty-five million pounds earmarked in June, 2021, about eighty per cent was for Conservative constituencies. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

see constitute

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of constituency was in 1831

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Cite this Entry

“Constituency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituency. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

constituency

noun
con·​stit·​u·​en·​cy kən-ˈstich-(ə-)wən-sē How to pronounce constituency (audio)
plural constituencies
1
: a body of citizens having the right to elect a representative to a legislature
2
: the people living in an electoral district
3
: an electoral district

Legal Definition

constituency

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