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Meaning of constituent

con•stit•u•ent

Pronunciation: (kun-stich'-unt), [key]
— adj.
  1. serving to compose or make up a thing; component: the constituent parts of a motor.
  2. having power to frame or alter a political constitution or fundamental law, as distinguished from lawmaking power: a constituent assembly.
—n.
  1. a constituent element, material, etc.; component.
  2. a person who authorizes another to act in his or her behalf, as a voter in a district represented by an elected official.
  3. an element considered as part of a construction. Cf. immediate constituent, ultimate constituent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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