constituent

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noun

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

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adjective

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: serving to form, compose, or make up a unit or whole : component
constituent parts
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: having the power to create a government or frame or amend a constitution
a constituent assembly
constituently adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for constituent

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The State Opening is the only regular instance where the three constituent parts of Parliament are all present at once—this consists of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. Armani Syed, TIME, 17 July 2024 Although the justice of the peace position does not require a law degree or legal experience, the constituents are better served by having someone with experience doing the job from day one! Christina Avery, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2024
Adjective
The puzzle of emergence asks how regularities emerge on macro scales out of uncountable constituent parts. Quanta Magazine, 10 June 2024 Repairs will be slow and expensive, in part because refinery stacks—where oil is distilled into its constituent parts—are huge and complex pieces of equipment that take years to design and build, and in part because Western sanctions are hampering Russian firms’ access to specialized components. Michael Liebreich, Foreign Affairs, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for constituent 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of constituent was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Constituent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituent. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

constituent

1 of 2 noun
con·​stit·​u·​ent kən-ˈstich-(ə-)wənt How to pronounce constituent (audio)
1
: one of the parts of which a thing is made up : element, ingredient
2
: any of the voters who elect a person to represent them

constituent

2 of 2 adjective
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: forming a part of a whole : component
2
: having the power to create a government or make or change a constitution
a constituent assembly

Legal Definition

constituent

1 of 2 noun
con·​stit·​u·​ent kən-ˈsti-chə-wənt How to pronounce constituent (audio)
1
: one who authorizes another to act as agent : principal
2
: a member of a constituency

constituent

2 of 2 adjective
: having the power to create a government or to frame or amend a constitution
a constituent assembly

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