- 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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- 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 non-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.