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 And to remember that in any messaging to any constituency, words do indeed matter. Michael Peregrine, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Perhaps the most important thing to realize is that no party is entitled to a constituency. Eric Garcia, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2021 The midterms are shaping up to be a wave election for Republicans, and even with a different constituency to represent, the first-term congresswoman is the heavy favorite to win reelection. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 7 Jan. 2022 South Carolina was the third state to hold a primary contest but the first with a significant number of Black residents, and Biden’s victory showcased the strength of his decades-long relationship with a critical Democratic constituency. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 Then Sony decided to install a virtual unknown, with no constituency, who was the show's executive producer. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 Amazon sees an opportunity to make inroads with Wickr’s other key constituency: government agencies and the military. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 28 June 2021 Wealthy neighborhoods with the money and sophistication to fight development end up pushing it into areas with a less powerful constituency. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Apr. 2021 Former Vice President Joe Biden performed more poorly than expected in the presidential election among Latino voters in Florida and Texas, highlighting a weakness for Democrats with an important constituency for the party. Arian Campo-flores And Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 5 Nov. 2020

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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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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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