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
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What does “vacillate” mean?
Compare ultimate constituent.
Origin of immediate constituent
First recorded in 1930–35
Words nearby immediate constituent
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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