constituent

noun
con·​stit·​u·​ent | \ kən-ˈstich-wənt How to pronounce constituent (audio) , -ˈsti-chə-, -ˈsti-chü-ənt \

Essential Meaning of constituent

1 : any one of the people who live and vote in an area : a member of a constituency 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.
2 : one of the parts that form something the chemical constituents of the liquid

Full 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

Other Words from constituent

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 For example, a company could be a constituent in 2Q18, but not in 3Q18. David Trainer, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 For more information about the drive, contact Kifowit’s full-time constituent office at 630-585-1308 or email Stephanie.kifowit@att.net. Beacon-news Staff, chicagotribune.com, 4 Nov. 2021 The Women’s Caucus has also served as a sounding board for new members learning how to navigate the legislative process and address constituent concerns. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Numerous constituent meetings reflected that voters appreciated the significance of such a district, but not at the expense of keeping neighborhoods and communities intact. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Oct. 2021 He was attacked in a church during his regular Friday constituent meeting. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 Snow said his view on the death penalty shifted, in part, in his discussions with a constituent, Sharon Wright Weeks, who is the sister of Brenda Lafferty. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2021 The candidates did agree on the need to act quickly on climate issues and on quality of life issues, such as fixing pot holes, as well as the importance of providing better constituent services. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 His $500 donation from his constituent services fund to a Nation of Islam convention where founder Louis Farrakhan made remarks criticizing Jews was reported at the same time. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In simple language that is almost poetic, the deeply observant Klara breaks emotion down into its constituent parts to understand others’ feelings—and, ultimately, her own. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 17 Sep. 2021 The campaign picked up momentum early in the year, propelled by a mix of constituent outreach, street-protest energy, and occasional glamour. Sean Piccoli, Curbed, 24 Aug. 2021 Hansen, who was the 44th Ward alderman from 1983 to 2002 and specialized in constituent services as well as being a mentor to several progressive politicians, died Sunday. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 In a fatal display of unjustified overconfidence, however, the coup leaders didn’t arrest Boris Yeltsin, president of the Russian Federation, then a constituent republic of the Soviet Union. David Satter, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2021 Democrats think easier voting access would benefit some of their constituent voter groups, and even more, that making voting harder would result in these groups losing power. CBS News, 11 Aug. 2021 Leftovers from several meals pulled from the fridge somehow combine into a dish that’s even better than its constituent parts. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 23 July 2021 And views follow a similar pattern in relation to constituent voter groups. Kabir Khanna, CBS News, 21 July 2021 Unlike British identity, which is rooted in the state (and which encompasses the other constituent nations of the United Kingdom—Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), Englishness doesn’t have any political institutions. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 8 July 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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“Constituent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constituent. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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