AskDefine | Define constituent

Dictionary Definition

constituent adj : constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup) [syn: constituent(a), constitutional, constitutive(a), organic]

Noun

1 an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system" [syn: component, element]
2 a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes; "needs continued support by constituents to be re-elected"
3 (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction [syn: grammatical constituent]
4 an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech" [syn: component, element, factor, ingredient]

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English

Etymology

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. being a part, or component of a whole
  2. authorized to make a constitution

Translations

being a part, or component of a whole
authorized to make a constitution

Noun

constituent
  1. a part, or component of a whole
  2. a resident of a place represented by an elected official
  3. a functional element of a phrase or clause

Translations

a part, or component of a whole
a resident of a place represented by an elected official
a functional element of a phrase or clause

French

Verb

  1. Form of Third-person plural present indicative, constituer
  2. Form of Third-person plural present subjunctive, constituer

Extensive Definition

Constituent may refer to:
constituent in Dutch: Constituent

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