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

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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African American voters are a critically important constituency for the Democratic Party. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Democrats unified against Donald Trump's racist tweets but remain divided over race," 20 July 2019 Shimonoseki is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's electoral constituency. Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, "Japanese whalers bring home their first commercial catch in 31 years," 2 July 2019 So has the fact that black voters are such a crucial Democratic constituency. New York Times, "‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration," 25 June 2019 The bondholders are attempting to enlist support from key constituencies, including the state. Sacramento Bee, The Mercury News, "PG&E lenders offer $30 billion — and a new name to rebrand tarnished utility," 25 June 2019 But for Democrats, a key constituency is demanding repeal — organized labor. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law," 17 July 2019 Despite impressive fundraising numbers, the openly gay Midwestern mayor has struggled to make significant inroads among communities of color — a key constituency in Democratic primaries. CBS News, "Buttigieg says white Americans "can't be defensive" when talking about race," 15 July 2019 Buttigieg, for example, is winning favor among donors but has struggled with African American voters, a key constituency for any winning Democratic presidential campaign. Washington Post, "Trump, Buttigieg escalate cash battle with impressive hauls," 2 July 2019 Buttigieg, for example, is winning favor among donors but has struggled with black voters, a key constituency for any winning Democratic presidential campaign. Brian Slodysko, Indianapolis Star, "Pete Buttigieg outraised Democratic front-runner Joe Biden — but there's a catch," 27 June 2019

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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

noun
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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