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constituent

noun con·stit·u·ent \ kən-ˈstich-wənt , -ˈsti-chə- , -ˈsti-chü-ənt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of constituent

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

Examples of constituent in a Sentence

  1. She's pledged to help her elderly constituents.

  2. Many senators have received calls from constituents who want them to vote in favor of the law.

  3. the chemical constituents of the liquid

Recent Examples of constituent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of constituent

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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constituent

adjective

Definition of constituent

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

constituently

adverb

Examples of constituent in a Sentence

  1. The company can be separated into several constituent parts.

Recent Examples of constituent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of constituent

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


CONSTITUENT Defined for English Language Learners

constituent

noun

Definition of constituent for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of constituent for English Language Learners

  • : forming part of a whole


CONSTITUENT Defined for Kids

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constituent

noun con·stit·u·ent \ kən-ˈsti-chə-wənt \

Definition of constituent for Students

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

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constituent

adjective

Definition of constituent for Students

:forming part of a whole

Law Dictionary

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constituent

noun con·stit·u·ent \ kən-ˈsti-chə-wənt \

legal Definition of constituent

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

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constituent

adjective

legal Definition of constituent

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


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