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From Latin constituens, present participle of constituo (I establish), from com- (together) + statuo (I set, place, establish); see statute or statue, and compare institute and restitute.


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constituent (not comparable)

  1. Being a part, or component of a whole.
    • Dryden
      Body, soul, and reason are the three parts necessarily constituent of a man.
  2. Authorized to make a constitution.
    • Junius
      A question of right arises between the constituent and representative body.

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constituent (plural constituents)

  1. A part, or component of a whole.
    • Tyndall
      We know how to bring these constituents together, and to cause them to form water.
  2. The person or thing which constitutes, determines, or constructs.
    • Sir M. Hale
      Their first composure and origination require a higher and nobler constituent than chance.
  3. A resident of a place represented by an elected official.
    • Macaulay
      To appeal from the representatives to the constituents.
    • 2012 April 19, Josh Halliday, “Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?”, in the Guardian[1]:
      But the purported rise in violent videos online has led some MPs to campaign for courts to have more power to remove or block material on YouTube. The Labour MP Heidi Alexander said she was appalled after a constituent was robbed at knifepoint, and the attackers could be found brandishing weapons and rapping about gang violence online.
  4. (law) One who appoints another to act for him as attorney in fact.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)
  5. (grammar) A functional element of a phrase or clause.
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ↑ISBN, page 65:
      Thus, the postulation of a Noun Phrase constituent is justified on morphological grounds, since it is not obvious how we could describe the grammar of the genitive 's inflection in English without saying that it's a Noun Phrase inflection.


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  1. third-person plural present indicative of constituer
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of constituer




  1. third-person plural future active indicative of cōnstituō