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 These strategies coming so close to a prominent debate night will surely be the subject of some scrutiny from his constituents. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Mike Bloomberg, Instagram Meme King, Will Likely Be Put On Blast In Tonight’s Debate," 19 Feb. 2020 Manchin says he — not Trump — has fought tirelessly for his constituents. Time, "West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin Fires Back After President Trump Criticizes Him," 9 Feb. 2020 President Trump implored Republican Sen. Mike Lee to apologize to his constituents in Utah for the conduct of their junior senator, Mitt Romney, for during the impeachment trial. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Trump asks Mike Lee to apologize to Utah constituents for Mitt Romney impeachment vote," 6 Feb. 2020 Even some supporters acknowledge that transgender restrictions are not a top priority for constituents. New York Times, "Doctors Could Face Criminal Charges for Treating Transgender Teens," 27 Jan. 2020 FRIDAY Huffman town hall: North Bay Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman holds a town hall meeting for constituents. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Congressional town halls, Walk for Life," 23 Jan. 2020 Schwab had, in private conversations with activists and constituents, previously expressed hesitation about Kobach’s heavy-handed approach. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Kansas Abandons Technology Trumpeted by Kris Kobach, Trump’s Onetime Voter Fraud Czar," 12 Dec. 2019 These new big-city prosecutors have yet to run for reelection and thus discover whether their constituents—as opposed to special-interest groups like the police—endorse their actions. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 Guerra said some of their constituents fear they are being unfairly viewed as carriers of the virus, although the outbreak's epicenter is on the other side of the globe in Wuhan, China. NBC News, "Coronavirus hate attack: Woman in face mask allegedly assaulted by man who calls her 'diseased'," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The compromise law, known as section 18-10b, was intended to mollify lawmakers who were afraid of constituent reaction if their votes left the state with no capital punishment of any kind. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "A federal judge is challenging how Connecticut treats its former death row inmates, saying they are held under cruel and unusual conditions," 21 Oct. 2019 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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The first known use of constituent was in 1622

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24 Feb 2020

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“Constituent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituents. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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constituent

noun
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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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