- constituent; making a thing what it is; essential.
- having power to establish or enact.
- Physics, Chemistry. pertaining to a molecular property determined primarily by the arrangement of atoms in the molecule rather than by their nature or number.
Origin of constitutive
Examples from the Web for constitutive
Meanwhile, vulnerability, risk, unpredictability, and sudden transformation are the constitutive experiences of human life.Can Heritage Foundation Posterboy Bono Save the GOP?
March 15, 2014
They are constitutive of non-linear forms of complementarity.The Civilization of Illiteracy
If the former, then christianity hath its constitutive parts, by which it is what it is.
If so, should not the pars regens which is constitutive have been put in?
Though not constitutive, yet are they regulative principles.A History of Philosophy in Epitome
But is it not the electrical relatedness that is constitutive of the atom as such?Spencer's Philosophy of Science
C. Lloyd Morgan
- having power to enact, appoint, or establish
- chem (of a physical property) determined by the arrangement of atoms in a molecule rather than by their nature
- biochem (of an enzyme) formed continuously, irrespective of the cell's needs
- another word for constituent (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for constitutive
c.1600, "having the power of establishing," also "elemental, essential," from Medieval Latin *constitutivus, from constitut-, past participle stem of constituere (see constitute). Related: Constitutively.