constituency

noun con·stit·u·en·cy \ kən-ˈstich-wən(t)-sē , -ˈsti-chə- , -ˈsti-chü-ən(t)- \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of constituency

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 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

  1. The senator's constituency includes a large minority population.

  2. He was elected to represent a Liverpool constituency.

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Origin and Etymology of constituency


Law Dictionary

constituency

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

legal Definition of constituency

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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