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immediate constituent

noun, Grammar.
1.
one of the usually two largest constituents of a construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner; of ate his dinner are ate and his dinner; etc.
Abbreviation: IC.
Origin of immediate constituent
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35
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immediate constituent

noun
1.
a constituent of a linguistic construction at the first step in an analysis; for example, the immediate constituents of a sentence are the subject and the predicate
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