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 Black voters are a key constituency in the Democratic primary electorate. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 Anderson said each candidate will decide how to address these criticisms in a way that best fits their constituency. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Dallas GOP’s candidates for the Texas House are as diverse as the county. Will that matter in 2020?," 29 July 2020 Neither Singapore’s elections department, nor its body for determining constituency boundaries, is independent of the government. The Economist, "PAP squeak Singapore’s ruling party wins easily—but its vote falls sharply," 10 July 2020 For Pitney, Bullock's performance so far is a classic example of how parties can succeed by picking candidates who fit their constituency. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Montana provides unexpected Senate opportunity for Democrats," 8 July 2020 Older voters were once a reliably Democratic constituency, thanks in large part to their reliance on Medicare and Social Security. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Trump Is Losing His Hold on the Senior Vote," 17 June 2020 And political speech is, in the first place, generally aimed at stirring some group or constituency to contemplation or action. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 Given the enormous political power of the program’s constituency, this is the likeliest part of Trump’s executive order to be reversed—indeed, the early word before the order was finalized was that au pairs were to be excluded. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "How to Fix America’s Broken Guest-Worker System," 24 June 2020 Three days after the NFL Players Association recommended its constituency not hold group workouts amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in several states, Tom Brady and several of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates opted to continue on with the sessions. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates hold workout despite NFLPA warning on coronavirus," 23 June 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 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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