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 Under Corbyn, Labour went hard left, abandoning its traditional working-class constituency for progressive social and cultural issues that appeal to the university crowd and the Very Online but turn off everyone else. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 22 May 2021 Milton was having none of Hutson’s shameless, clandestine, backroom politicking and immediately began rallying his own political constituency. Mike Bianchi,, 3 May 2021 Sturgeon ran for office six times in Glasgow before winning her constituency, in 2007. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 This is not a way to gain trust with their constituency. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Republicans have sharply criticized the effort to grant statehood to the district, in part, due to its overwhelmingly Democratic constituency. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, 27 Apr. 2021 But Bongino, with his ideological constituency well established, sees the 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump as a ripe market. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 The most valuable and most important to get right is the outputs, as this is what the constituency needs. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 May 2021 For decades, both parties have coveted the votes and donations of the small but growing constituency of Asian Americans. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021

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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 14 Jun. 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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