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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Adjective

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 To add to the mystery, the dominant constituent of our universe is yet another invisible and immaterial entity, dark energy, comprising about 70 percent of the overall cosmic inventory. Priyamvada Natarajan, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 Courage, a lifelong Democrat, won the seat in 2017 and again two years later by avoiding ideological battles, staying attentive to neighborhood concerns and focusing on constituent services. San Antonio Express-News, 2 May 2021 How Much Copper is Enough? Alternative energy systems have a high—and often, unappreciated—materials intensity, of which copper is a major constituent. Baker Institute, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 That report was further publicized by Republican state Rep. Priscilla Giddings, who linked to it via social media and her official constituent newsletter. Andy Rose And Amanda Watts, CNN, 5 May 2021 This bloc is secular in outlook, ranging from bourgeois liberal to social democratic, and all the constituent parties, right and left, are led by people who abhor either Netanyahu’s politics or his character. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2021 Its appeal is inscrutable, perhaps out of proportion to its paltry constituent parts. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 And on the other side of the aisle, Petersen wrote a letter to Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni citing constituent unease and asking for more information. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 But he was better known for constituent service than for major policy initiatives. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Tuesday morning, a private company that provides constituent services to congressional and state government offices — iConstituent — became the latest victim in a string of cyber attacks. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 8 June 2021 But at the least, findings like this should promote a fuller understanding of cannabis and its constituent parts. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The group has given out grants and staged dozens of events for Mr. Adams to host, to celebrate holidays, to honor constituent groups, and more. New York Times, 16 May 2021 That means there is a lot of duct tape in our code, holding various programs and their constituent parts together, and many parts of it are doing things they weren’t designed for. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, 15 May 2021 Each of these can be subdivided into constituent parts. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 8 May 2021 Bowser appointed Adams in 2018 as one of four constituent representatives to the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which includes the city administrator, the health director, the police chief and many others. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 The laptop market is a crowded place, with countless combinations of the constituent parts. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The basic concept is to heat the plastics to break their chemical bonds and reduce them down to their constituent parts. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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“Constituent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituent. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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