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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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 For many years, black women have been a loyal constituency voting for the Democratic party across the nation, with 94% voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, while 52% of white women voted for Trump, according to CNN exit polls. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Abrams’ Georgia Primary Win Signals a Shift for Black Women in the Democratic Party," 24 May 2018 Other players soon followed, and their actions—and the lack of accompanying punishment—attracted the praise of some constituencies and scorn of others, including some fans and sponsors and, most influentially, President Donald Trump. Michael Mccann,, "The NFL vs. The NFLPA: New National Anthem Policy Deepens Divide, Prolongs Controversy," 23 May 2018 The surge of residents would drive up housing costs, adding to the recruitment burden and maybe threatening entrenched political constituencies in a couple of Council districts. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Philly poverty: Cause, or effect?," 11 July 2018 Redrawn electoral boundaries were rushed through parliament last month, pushing likely opposition voters into districts that already support the opposition and dividing constituencies along racial lines. Eileen Ng And Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "Opposition win ends 60-year rule, sending political tremors through Malaysia," 10 May 2018 To gain a solid mandate, Mr. Khan needs to snatch seats from Mr. Sharif’s strongholds across northern and central Punjab, in constituencies like Attock, where Mr. Sharif’s candidate has previously been elected six times. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistan Vote to Turn on Pivotal Province," 8 July 2018 Public-school teachers have long been a vitally important constituency for the Democratic Party, and teachers’ unions are known for backing progressive causes. Reihan Salam, The Atlantic, "The GOP’s Public-Education Dilemma," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of constituency

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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