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constituent +‎ -ency


  • IPA(key): /kənˈstɪt͡ʃu.ənsi/, /kənˈstɪtju.ənsi/
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constituency (plural constituencies)

  1. (politics) A district represented by one or more elected officials.
    Synonyms: (Australia) division, electoral district, (New Zealand) electorate, precinct, (Canada) riding
    John was elected to parliament from the Bedford constituency.
    • 2011 December 14, Angelique Chrisafis, “Rachida Dati accuses French PM of sexism and elitism”, in Guardian[1]:
      The row started over who will run for parliament in a wealthy rightwing constituency on the left bank in Paris, a safe seat for Sarkozy's ruling UMP. Dati is already a local mayor in the neighbourhood, a job felt to have been handed to her on a plate when she was a Sarkozy favourite. She has since fallen from grace, and when she left government she took a European parliament seat, considered a consolation prize.
    • 2023 May 31, “Network News: Micro-management prompted Gibb to quit ScotRail”, in RAIL, number 984, page 25:
      This follows the confirmation that Gilruth personally ordered the cancellation of engineering works in Fife last year, which is thought to have been the final straw for Gibb [] . Because her Fife constituency was materially affected by the cancellation, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, who raised Gibb's departure at First Minister's Questions on May 18, described the incident as a "clear-cut sackable offence".
  2. (collective) The voters within such a district.
    Synonym: electorate
  3. (collective) The residents of such a district.
  4. (collective) The voters of a candidate.
  5. An interest group or fan base.


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