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English Dictionary: constituent by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
constituent
adj
  1. constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
    Synonym(s): constituent(a), constitutional, constitutive(a), organic
n
  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"
    Synonym(s): component, constituent, 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. something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"
    Synonym(s): part, portion, component part, component, constituent
  4. (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
    Synonym(s): constituent, grammatical constituent
  5. 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"
    Synonym(s): component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Constituent \Con*stit"u*ent\, a. [L. constituens, -entis, p. pr.
      See {Constitute}.]
      1. Serving to form, compose, or make up; elemental;
            component.
  
                     Body, soul, and reason are the three parts
                     necessarily constituent of a man.      --Dryden.
  
      2. Having the power of electing or appointing.
  
                     A question of right arises between the constituent
                     and representative body.                     --Junius.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Constituent \Con*stit"u*ent\, n.
      1. The person or thing which constitutes, determines, or
            constructs.
  
                     Their first composure and origination require a
                     higher and nobler constituent than chance. --Sir M.
                                                                              Hale
  
      2. That which constitutes or composes, as a part, or an
            essential part; a component; an element.
  
                     We know how to bring these constituents together,
                     and to cause them to form water.         --Tyndall.
  
      3. One for whom another acts; especially, one who is
            represented by another in a legislative assembly; --
            correlative to representative.
  
                     The electors in the district of a representative in
                     Congress, or in the legislature of a State, are
                     termed his constituents.                     --Abbot.
  
                     To appeal from the representatives to the
                     constituents.                                    --Macaulay.
  
      4. (Law) A person who appoints another to act for him as
            attorney in fact. --Burrill.
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