What does constituent mean?

Definitions for constituent
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.


  1. constituent

    A constituent refers to a part or component of something larger or a member of a group, organization, or constituency, particularly in politics. It can represent an individual voter within a particular electoral district or a distinctive part of a sentence in the field of linguistics. In general terms, it's a fundamental element in a larger whole.

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. Peter Hotez:

    That is really astonishing, i don't know what he was thinking to specifically target a constituent like that. I would have thought there's probably some House ethics rules that prevent you from doing that. It's kind of an abuse of power, in a way.

  2. 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..

  3. Circuit Judge Thomas B. Ambro:

    It looks like he’s doing constituent services, and that doesn’t get you the shield of the speech and debate clause.

  4. Greg Steube:

    Of all the religious exemption requests submitted by midshipmen at the Naval Academy for the COVID-19 vaccine, not a single one has been approved, my constituent has already been told she can’t receive a diploma and graduate due to her status as it relates to the COVID-19 vaccine. The Navy is simply holding these individuals until the injunction preventing the separation of naval personnel is lifted.

  5. Emma Leach:

    It's like a modern-day constituent letter, they're tweeting at their president, they're voicing their opinion, and they're more politically involved.

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