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[kon-sti-too-tiv, -tyoo-]
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  1. constituent; making a thing what it is; essential.
  2. having power to establish or enact.
  3. Physics, Chemistry. pertaining to a molecular property determined primarily by the arrangement of atoms in the molecule rather than by their nature or number.
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Origin of constitutive

First recorded in 1585–95; constitute + -ive
Related formscon·sti·tu·tive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for constitutive

basic, constitutional, fundamental, important, integral, key, main, vital

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British Dictionary definitions for constitutive


  1. having power to enact, appoint, or establish
  2. chem (of a physical property) determined by the arrangement of atoms in a molecule rather than by their nature
  3. biochem (of an enzyme) formed continuously, irrespective of the cell's needs
  4. another word for constituent (def. 1)
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Derived Formsconstitutively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for constitutive


c.1600, "having the power of establishing," also "elemental, essential," from Medieval Latin *constitutivus, from constitut-, past participle stem of constituere (see constitute). Related: Constitutively.

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