- serving to compose or make up a thing; component: the constituent parts of a motor.
- having power to frame or alter a political constitution or fundamental law, as distinguished from lawmaking power: a constituent assembly.
- a constituent element, material, etc.; component.
- a person who authorizes another to act in his or her behalf, as a voter in a district represented by an elected official.
- Grammar. an element considered as part of a construction.
Origin of constituent
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Examples from the Web for constituent
But he is saying something simple: Nations, institutions, companies, and so on do not act; their constituent individuals do.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
He described talking to a constituent who asked if “they are going to put those immigrants in the FEMA camps.”Tea Party Reindeer Farmer Faces Extinction
July 30, 2014
“If you have to go back to 1860 to talk to constituent groups, you have a problem,” Harrison said.Democrats March on the South to Hold Senate Majority in 2014
October 31, 2013
You can take their tunes apart like a Swiss watch, and the complexity of the constituent parts is what dazzles you.J.J. Cale, Dead at 74, Was a Songwriter Beyond Compare
July 30, 2013
He probably only goes to constituent meetings where they cheer on his desperate antics.Michael Tomasky on How John McCain Humiliated Himself on Susan Rice
November 25, 2012
Congress adopted the scheme, and the constituent convention was called.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
It combined cavalry and infantry and all the constituent elements of an army.
The work of the Constituent was doomed by the very nature of things.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)
Synthesis is the process of forming a compound from its constituent parts.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
Its two constituent parts are ratiocination and description.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes
- forming part of a whole; component
- having the power to frame a constitution or to constitute a government (esp in the phrases constituent assembly, constituent power)
- rare electing or having the power to elect
Word Origin and History for constituent
1620s, "one who appoints or elects a representative," from Latin constituentem (nominative constituens), present participle of constituere (see constitute). The notion is "to make up or compose" a body by appointing or electing a representative. As an adjective, "essential, characteristic," from 1660s; "that appoints or elects a representative to a body," from 1714.