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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- immediate allergy,
- immediate annuity,
- immediate auscultation,
- immediate denture,
- immediate flap,
- immediate percussion,
- immediate reaction,
- immediate transfusion
Compare ultimate constituent.
Origin of immediate constituent
First recorded in 1930–35
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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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