[kuh n-stich-oo-uh n-see]

noun, plural con·stit·u·en·cies.

a body of constituents; the voters or residents in a district represented by an elective officer.
the district itself.
any body of supporters, customers, etc.; clientele.

Nearby words

  1. consternate,
  2. consternation,
  3. constipate,
  4. constipated,
  5. constipation,
  6. constituent,
  7. constituent assembly,
  8. constituent structure,
  9. constitute,
  10. constitution

Origin of constituency

First recorded in 1825–35; constitu(ent) + -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for constituency


noun plural -cies

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



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

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