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constituent

[ kuhn-stich-oo-uhnt ]
/ kənˈstɪtʃ u ənt /
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adjective
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.
noun
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.Compare immediate constituent, ultimate constituent.
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Origin of constituent

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin constituent- (stem of constituēns, present participle of constituere “to set up, found, constitute),” equivalent to con- con- + -stitu- (combining form of statuere “to set up”) + -ent- -ent

synonym study for constituent

3. See element.

OTHER WORDS FROM constituent

con·stit·u·ent·ly, adverbnon·con·stit·u·ent, adjective, nounpre·con·stit·u·ent, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for constituent

constituent
/ (kənˈstɪtjʊənt) /

adjective (prenominal)
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
noun

Derived forms of constituent

constituently, adverb

Word Origin for constituent

C17: from Latin constituēns setting up, from constituere to establish, constitute
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