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constituency

[kuh n-stich-oo-uh n-see]
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noun, plural con·stit·u·en·cies.
  1. a body of constituents; the voters or residents in a district represented by an elective officer.
  2. the district itself.
  3. any body of supporters, customers, etc.; clientele.
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Origin of constituency

First recorded in 1825–35; constitu(ent) + -ency
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Related Words for constituency

district, faction, nation, county, electorate, precinct, city, people, system, state, ward, citizenry

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Contemporary Examples of constituency

Historical Examples of constituency

  • The constituency of the grog seller is the ready made tool of the demagogue.

    The Arena

    Various

  • Among the first was that from Medland's own constituency: he was beaten by above a hundred votes.

    Half a Hero

    Anthony Hope

  • He read, and read correctly, too, the constituency to which he was about to appeal.

    A Pirate of Parts

    Richard Neville

  • And if he asperses the character of this constituency, I stand here to defend it!

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "Not two-thirds of the constituency will poll," murmured Levy, looking at his watch.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for constituency

constituency

noun plural -cies
  1. the whole body of voters who elect one representative to a legislature or all the residents represented by one deputy
    1. a district that sends one representative to a legislature
    2. (as modifier)constituency organization
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Word Origin and History for constituency

n.

"body of constituents," 1806, from constituent + -cy.

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