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Meaning of constitutive

con•sti•tu•tive

Pronunciation: (kon'sti-t"tiv, -ty"-), [key]
— adj.
  1. constituent; making a thing what it is; essential.
  2. having power to establish or enact.
  3. pertaining to a molecular property determined primarily by the arrangement of atoms in the molecule rather than by their nature or number.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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