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 that outcome is not predetermined, not when there is a vocal constituency in support of protecting and advancing the cause of equal rights. Leigh Fondakowski, CNN, 23 June 2022 In some ways, Portland’s liberal constituency is at war with itself, the devout at odds with the disillusioned. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 In nearly every poll of likely Republican contenders, Trump still has a solid advantage: DeSantis’s constituency was Trump’s first. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 The main user constituency is the hundreds of trucks hauling materials to the oil fields that rumble up and down the pavement-and-gravel everyday, making the highway a vital economic link for Alaska. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 After all, both senators are arguably doing the democratic thing by staking out stances somewhat to the right of their party — Manchin represents a deep red state, after all, while Sinema's Arizona constituency is fairly purple. Joel Mathis, The Week, 11 Oct. 2021 One constituency that looks to benefit from the deal? Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2022 Following the release of the letter from the lawmakers, Kaegi was endorsed by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat whose district has a large Jewish constituency. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Even as Biden’s popularity has been under strain among all Americans, the White House has been working to showcase his support among organized labor, a key Democratic constituency and turnout engine for the midterms. Mike Memoli, NBC News, 6 July 2022 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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