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 But Trump, like an American caudillo, treated the military as a political constituency. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Both alluded to future runs in Texas gubernatorial elections, treating the audience as a constituency. Wired Opinion, Wired, 8 July 2021 But for now, the intrigue here is trying to figure out whose constituency will cut into whose. Simone Pathe, CNN, 5 July 2021 Any government spending tends to create a political constituency to continue that spending. Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2021 The reality is that no matter how the president or Congress proceeds, some constituency will be unhappy. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Another constituency is those with mental health issues and also people who have chronic complex conditions who might take than more seven medications a day. Star Tribune, 27 Dec. 2020 The transportation sector also employs vast numbers of people in middle-class, blue-collar jobs, an important political constituency. Author: Ian Duncan, Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2020 Another constituency damaged by the plundering was the metal-detecting community, where news of the conviction was welcomed on online message boards. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 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 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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