- 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 constituents
Once discovered, this maneuver did not endear the councilors to their constituents.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Who among Scalise's constituents could possibly care if he supported naming a post office for a black judge who died in 1988?The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
You were there at my invitation to discuss issues with your constituents.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
It would seem that in splurging on wine our political class is way out ahead of many of their constituents.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Indeed, he was greeted by his constituents as something of a household god.Despite Crack and Graft, D.C. Loved ‘Hizzoner’ Marion Barry
November 23, 2014
September 27th, Mr. Gladstone addressed his constituents at Edinburgh.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He had a little game in the interest of his own constituents.
Was finally retired from the chair by the Democrats, and from Congress by his constituents.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
You can easily find a satisfactory explanation for your constituents.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Evidently his constituents were not troubled with burning questions.Six Letters From the Colonies
- 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 constituents
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.