constituent

noun
con·​stit·​u·​ent | \ kən-ˈstich-wənt How to pronounce constituent (audio) , -ˈsti-chə-, -ˈsti-chü-ənt \

Definition of constituent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a constituency pledged to help her elderly constituents
2 : an essential part : component, element The organic constituents of plants, animals, and microorganisms …— Harry S. Mosher et al.
3 : one who authorizes another to act as agent : principal
4 : a structural unit of a definable syntactic, semantic, or phonological category that consists of one or more linguistic elements (such as words, morphemes, or features) and that can occur as a component of a larger construction

constituent

adjective

Definition of constituent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : serving to form, compose, or make up a unit or whole : component constituent parts
2 : having the power to create a government or frame or amend a constitution a constituent assembly

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constituently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for constituent

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Noun

element, component, constituent, ingredient mean one of the parts of a compound or complex whole. element applies to any such part and often connotes irreducible simplicity. the basic elements of geometry component and constituent may designate any of the substances (whether elements or compounds) or the qualities that enter into the makeup of a complex product; component stresses its separate entity or distinguishable character. the components of a stereo system constituent stresses its essential and formative character. the constituents of a chemical compound ingredient applies to any of the substances which when combined form a particular mixture. the ingredients of a cocktail

Examples of constituent in a Sentence

Noun She's pledged to help her elderly constituents. Many senators have received calls from constituents who want them to vote in favor of the law. the chemical constituents of the liquid Adjective The company can be separated into several constituent parts.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Candidates were prompted to explain their plans if elected, including how to address the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, constituent services, work with others representing the district in Annapolis — Dels. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Democrats choose Marlon Amprey to succeed Nick Mosby in House of Delegates," 29 Dec. 2020 Tiffany Clason, the district director for outgoing Rep. Ben McAdams who previously worked as Gov. Gary Herbert’s director of constituent services. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robintino’s launches takeout shop in Murray," 25 Dec. 2020 Be sure to fill in the blanks with a personal statement about why The CROWN act is important to you and impacts your life as a constituent. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "How You Can Support The CROWN Act to End Hair Discrimination," 9 Oct. 2020 Describing his accomplishments at a news conference Wednesday, Mr. Suga gave a list that harked back to a time when constituent service was a politician’s bread and butter. Miho Inada And Peter Landers, WSJ, "Can-Do Attitude Took Yoshihide Suga From Strawberry Fields to Japan’s Pinnacle," 4 Sep. 2020 The company, which also has American depositary receipts that trade in New York, is the worst-performing constituent of the 10-stock NYSE Fang+ index this year. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Alibaba Selloff Deepens as Antitrust Probe Rattles Investors," 24 Dec. 2020 The division thrust into the spotlight government doctors, the kind of career public servants whose names the average constituent might never otherwise learn. USA Today, "How the South and Southwest became the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 Scientists have long wondered how a protein’s constituent parts — a string of different amino acids — map out the many twists and folds of its eventual shape. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "DeepMind’s AI Makes Gigantic Leap in Solving Protein Structures," 1 Dec. 2020 Dimon is entitled to give his opinion, but his tone was not that of a constituent or even a businessman battling for his shareholders, but of an oligarch. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Great Reset: If Only It Were Just a Conspiracy," 27 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Beyond its constituent microbes, the shape-shifting composition of wildfire smoke, and the extent of its health implications, are still open questions. Matt Simon, Wired, "Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?," 17 Dec. 2020 Germany’s leading stock index expanded its size and changed rules to boost the quality of its constituent companies, a move sparked in part by the collapse of payment company Wirecard AG because of a multibillion-dollar fraud. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Germany’s DAX Index Changes Rules After Wirecard Collapse," 24 Nov. 2020 Honniball’s discovery is good news for NASA, which wants to harvest the constituent elements of water—oxygen and hydrogen—for useful things on the moon like breathable air or rocket fuel. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "There May Be Far More Water on the Moon Than NASA Thought," 26 Oct. 2020 These changes are a small chipping-away at a system that destroys lives but that can be broken down into its constituent parts. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Nothing Was Inevitable About This Election," 4 Nov. 2020 One controversy involved the amount of tax dollars spent on constituent mailings that were produced by companies with ties to his campaign. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "After close loss in 2018, Dan Feehan focused on First District's needs," 12 Oct. 2020 The Indian kit was created at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's constituent lab, the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) in New Delhi and shared with Tata Sons for production and manufacturing. Esha Mitra, CNN, "India's drug authority approved paper-strip Covid-19 test that could return results within hour," 5 Oct. 2020 Six council members do not maintain constituent service funds, citing the concerns from watchdog groups. Washington Post, "Mayor Bowser has $219,000 in her fund for needy residents. During the pandemic, she has given $0.," 20 Aug. 2020 Bradley, who is 43 and lives in Norwalk, left his job in Lamont’s office as director of external and constituent affairs in February. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Connecticut Politics Week in Review: Lawmakers to take aim at Eversource in special session," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of constituent

Noun

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for constituent

Noun

French constituant, from Middle French, from present participle of constituer to constitute, from Latin constituere — see constitute

Adjective

Latin constituent-, constituens, present participle of constituere — see constituent entry 1

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The first known use of constituent was in 1622

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25 Jan 2021

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“Constituent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituent. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for constituent

constituent

noun
How to pronounce constituent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of constituent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any one of the people who live and vote in an area : a member of a constituency
: one of the parts that form something

constituent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of constituent (Entry 2 of 2)

: forming part of a whole

constituent

noun
con·​stit·​u·​ent | \ kən-ˈsti-chə-wənt How to pronounce constituent (audio) \

Kids Definition of constituent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the parts or materials of which something is made : element, ingredient
2 : any of the voters who elect a person to represent them

constituent

adjective

Kids Definition of constituent (Entry 2 of 2)

: forming part of a whole

constituent

noun
con·​stit·​u·​ent | \ kən-ˈsti-chə-wənt How to pronounce constituent (audio) \

Legal Definition of constituent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who authorizes another to act as agent : principal
2 : a member of a constituency

constituent

adjective

Legal Definition of constituent (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the power to create a government or to frame or amend a constitution a constituent assembly

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