immediate constituent

noun Grammar.

one of the usually two largest constituents of a construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner; of ate his dinner are ate and his dinner; etc. Abbreviation: IC

Nearby words

  1. immediacy,
  2. immediate,
  3. immediate allergy,
  4. immediate annuity,
  5. immediate auscultation,
  6. immediate denture,
  7. immediate flap,
  8. immediate percussion,
  9. immediate reaction,
  10. immediate transfusion

Origin of immediate constituent

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for immediate constituent

immediate constituent


a constituent of a linguistic construction at the first step in an analysis; for example, the immediate constituents of a sentence are the subject and the predicate
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