constituency

noun
con·​stit·​u·​en·​cy | \ kən-ˈstich-wən(t)-sē How to pronounce constituency (audio) , -ˈsti-chə-, -ˈsti-chü-ən(t)- \
plural constituencies

Definition of constituency

1a : a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative (as to a legislative or executive position) the governor's liberal constituency
b : the residents in an electoral district The senator's constituency includes a large minority population.
c : an electoral district
2a : a group or body that patronizes, supports, or offers representation creating … a grass-roots constituency for continuing the project— Fred Reed
b : the people involved in or served by an organization (such as a business or institution) … regards its corporate customers as its prime constituency.— Andrew Hacker

Examples of constituency in a Sentence

The senator's constituency includes a large minority population. He was elected to represent a Liverpool constituency.
Recent Examples on the Web Elder also found an eager constituency for his libertarian vision of governance, however. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2021 America has a rare opportunity to win this constituency over. Kim Ghattas, The Atlantic, 4 Sep. 2021 Activists say initiatives such as the monthly child tax credit included in this spring’s COVID-19 relief package are a good sign that Democrats are attuned to the financial concerns of this key constituency. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Even non-white New York voters, a key Democratic constituency, favor Cuomo resigning by a six-percentage-point margin. Monika L. Mcdermott, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021 Wu’s team has deployed four regional field directors in neighborhoods across the city, overseen by a supervising field director, as well as a constituency director who has engaged voters across all demographics. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Aug. 2021 The share of White Americans -- at this point Republicans' primary constituency -- is dwindling thanks to a combination of lower immigration from Europe, lower fertility rates and lower life expectancy attributable to drug overdoses and suicides. Raul A. Reyes, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 During a visit to Merkel's parliamentary constituency in northeastern Germany in July 2006, Bush couldn't stop talking about a wild boar roast the chancellor laid on for him. Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 During a visit to Merkel's parliamentary constituency in northeastern Germany in July 2006, Bush couldn't stop talking about a wild boar roast the chancellor laid on for him. Geir Moulson, ajc, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of constituency

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for constituency

see constitute

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“Constituency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituency. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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constituency

noun
con·​stit·​u·​en·​cy | \ kən-ˈsti-chə-wən-sē How to pronounce constituency (audio) \
plural constituencies

Legal Definition of constituency

1 : a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative (as to a legislative or executive office)
2 : the residents in an electoral district
3 : an electoral district

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