Definitions for constituentkənˈstɪtʃ u ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•stit•u•ent*kənˈstɪtʃ u ənt(adj.)

  1. serving to make up a thing; component:

    the constituent parts of a motor.

  2. having power to frame or alter a political constitution or fundamental law, as distinguished from lawmaking power:

    a constituent assembly.

    Category: Government

  3. (n.)a constituent element, material, etc.; component.

  4. a person who authorizes another to act in his or her behalf, as a voter in a district represented by an elected official.

    Category: Government

  5. a linguistic element considered as part of a construction.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare immediate constituent , ultimate constituent.

* Syn: See element.

Origin of constituent:

1615–25; < L constituent-, s. of constituēns, prp. of constituere to set up, found, constitute =con-con - +-stituere, comb. form of statuere to set up. See statute

con•stit′u•ent•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. component, constituent, element(noun)

    an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system

    "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"

  2. constituent(noun)

    a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes

    "needs continued support by constituents to be re-elected"

  3. part, portion, component part, component, constituent(noun)

    something determined in relation to something that includes it

    "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"

  4. constituent, grammatical constituent(noun)

    (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction

  5. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient(adj)

    an abstract part of something

    "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"

  6. constituent(a), constitutional, constitutive(a), organic(adj)

    constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. constituent(noun)ənˈstɪtʃ u ənt

    sb who votes in a particular area

    the Senator's loyal constituents

  2. constituentənˈstɪtʃ u ənt

    one of the parts that form sth

    a major constituent of some bio fuels

Wiktionary

  1. constituent(Noun)

    a part, or component of a whole

  2. constituent(Noun)

    a resident of a place represented by an elected official

  3. constituent(Noun)

    a functional element of a phrase or clause

  4. constituent(Adjective)

    being a part, or component of a whole

  5. constituent(Adjective)

    authorized to make a constitution

  6. Origin: From constituens, present participle of constituo, from com- + statuo; see statute or statue, and compare institute and restitute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constituent(adj)

    serving to form, compose, or make up; elemental; component

  2. Constituent(adj)

    having the power of electing or appointing

  3. Constituent(noun)

    the person or thing which constitutes, determines, or constructs

  4. Constituent(noun)

    that which constitutes or composes, as a part, or an essential part; a component; an element

  5. Constituent(noun)

    one for whom another acts; especially, one who is represented by another in a legislative assembly; -- correlative to representative

  6. Constituent(noun)

    a person who appoints another to act for him as attorney in fact

Freebase

  1. Constituent

    In syntactic analysis, a constituent is a word or a group of words that functions as a single unit within a hierarchical structure. The analysis of constituent structure is associated mainly with phrase structure grammars, although dependency grammars also allow sentence structure to be broken down into constituent parts. The constituent structure of sentences is identified using constituency tests. These tests manipulate some portion of a sentence and based on the result, clues are delivered about the immediate constituent structure of the sentence.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'constituent' in Nouns Frequency: #2061


Translations for constituent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

constituent(noun)

a necessary part

Hydrogen is a constituent of water.

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