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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Other Words from constituent

Adjective

constituently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for constituent

Synonyms: Noun

building block, component, element, factor, ingredient, member

Antonyms: Noun

whole

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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

Since September 2018, the HHS has been reviewing all fetal-tissue research funded by its constituent agencies, including the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration. Scientific American, "Trump Administration Halts Fetal-Tissue Research by Government Scientists," 6 June 2019 As for redistricting, O'Rourke, who represented a safe Democratic district in the U.S. House, often decries a system that allows politicians to effectively choose their constituents through partisan gerrymandering. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Beto O'Rourke pledges end to purges of voter rolls and voter ID laws, calls for term limits," 5 June 2019 Many are struggling to be powerful against an entrenched network of people in power who don’t necessarily represent or even reflect their own constituents. Alicia Garza, Marie Claire, "Can We Have a Conversation About Abortion Bans and the South?," 29 May 2019 Abrams makes a point of saying that neither Kemp nor Ivey's views reflect the majority of their constituents's beliefs in their states, nor the rest of the South. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams Responds to Abortion Bans in Alabama and Georgia," 17 May 2019 Foes of congestion pricing include legislators from the suburban areas who worry their constituents will be forced to pay more to enter the city’s central business district. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Unusual Alliance Leads Congestion-Pricing Movement," 21 Feb. 2019 Lee estimates her campaign team knocked on at least 40,000 doors, and many of the constituents who answered had never voted. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "Party Crashers: These Female Candidates Are Shaking Up The Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 Politicians don’t like CRISPRed babies because their constituents are largely very nervous about CRISPRed babies. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The case for and against CRISPR IVF clinics opening in the US.," 6 Dec. 2018 Pride is a major event in the region, and @ChrisMonzel should take all of his constituents into account and recognize everybody. Cincinnati.com, "Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel didn't sign gay pride proclamation," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

All of these legislative and constituent pressures are converting Congress from an institution that could once think problems through to responsible conclusions into one that substitutes political reflex for reflection. James L. Buckley, National Review, "Preserving Our Republic as Federal Government Expands," 6 Feb. 2018 Our theory of change here is that the power that any individual local activist has is constituent power. Michelle Goldberg, Slate Magazine, "How Chuck Schumer Found His Spine," 30 Jan. 2017 May 9, 2017 Constituent questions about health care have dominated Labrador’s latest run of town hall meetings around his district, which covers the entire western part of the state from the Canadian border south to the Nevada line. Bill Dentzer, idahostatesman, "Labrador files papers for governor run, plans announcement in ‘coming weeks’," 9 May 2017 Constituent pressure such as this led two Republican senators to abandon support for Trump’s education secretary nominee, who was confirmed only when Vice President Pence broke a Senate deadlock. Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post, "Trump has galvanized activists on the left. Can they stay energized?," 29 Apr. 2017 Afterward, most constituent mail is scanned and forwarded to congressional offices as an electronic image. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "What Calling Congress Achieves," 6 Mar. 2017 Presidents have dealt with constituent mail differently over the years. Jeanne Marie Laskas, New York Times, "To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation," 17 Jan. 2017

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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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constituent

noun

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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