immediate constituent

noun Grammar.
  1. 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

Origin of immediate constituent

First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for immediate constituent

immediate constituent

noun
  1. 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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