What does constituent mean?

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kənˈstɪtʃ u əntcon·stituent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. component, constituent, elementnoun

    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. constituentnoun

    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, constituentnoun

    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 constituentnoun

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

  5. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredientadjective

    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), organicadjective

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


  1. constituentnoun

    a part, or component of a whole

  2. constituentnoun

    a resident of a place represented by an elected official

  3. constituentnoun

    a functional element of a phrase or clause

  4. constituentadjective

    being a part, or component of a whole

  5. constituentadjective

    authorized to make a constitution

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Constituentadjective

    That which makes any thing what it is; necessary to existence; elemental; essential; that of which any thing consists.

    Etymology: constituens, Latin.

    Body, soul, and reason, are the three parts necessarily constituent of a man. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    All animals derived all the constituent matter of their bodies, successively, in all ages, out of this fund. John Woodward.

    It is impossible that the figures and sizes of its constituent particles, should be so justly adapted as to touch one another in every point. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  2. Constituentnoun

    Their first composure and origination requires a higher and nobler constituent than chance. Matthew Hale, Orig. of Mankind.

    The obstruction of the mesentery is a great impediment to nutrition; for the lymph in those glands is a necessary constituent of the aliment. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constituentadjective

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

  2. Constituentadjective

    having the power of electing or appointing

  3. Constituentnoun

    the person or thing which constitutes, determines, or constructs

  4. Constituentnoun

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

  5. Constituentnoun

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

  6. Constituentnoun

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

  7. Etymology: [L. constituens, -entis, p. pr. See Constitute.]


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. constituent

    A member of a constituency.

    Constituents are a vital voice within society.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  


  1. Constituent

    a part or element of a whole.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constituent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constituent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of constituent in a Sentence

  1. Socrates Lazaridis:

    The second day of trading showed clear signs we are moving towards a normalisation of the market after the long shutdown, of the 25 constituent stocks on the FTSE large cap index, 20 are trading positively. Only the banks are moving negatively.

  2. Michael Madigan:

    I was never involved in any criminal activity. The government is attempting to criminalize a routine constituent service : job recommendations. That is not illegal, and these other charges are equally unfounded, throughout my 50 years as a public servant, I worked to address the needs of my constituents, always keeping in mind the high standards required and the trust the public placed in me. I adamantly deny these accusations and look back proudly on my time as an elected official, serving the people of Illinois.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    Voting is not the only part of the Senate job, i mean, the most important thing a senator does is constituent service. We're still involved in looking out for Florida's issues.

  4. Anna Eshoo:

    It was dated July 30 and my office made sure that that letter was hand-delivered the same day, i think that my constituent all along had a tug of war going on inside of her, understanding what privacy brought to her, but also the risks of moving over into the public square.

  5. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni:

    The reason I’m doing this is because I am a constituent as well in this district, and I’ve spent many years frustrated, feeling that I don’t have a voice in D.C..

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    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    • A. substitute
    • B. rogue
    • C. tranquillity
    • D. apex

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