Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The body of voters or the residents of a district represented by an elected legislator or official.
  • n. The district so represented.
  • n. A group of supporters or patrons.
  • n. A group served by an organization or institution; a clientele: The magazine changed its format to appeal to a broader constituency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A district represented by one or more elected officials.
  • n. The voters within such a district.
  • n. An interest group or fan base.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body of constituents, as the body of citizens or voters in a representative district.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body of constituents or principals, especially a body of persons voting for an elective officer, particularly for a municipal, officer or a member of a legislative body; in a more general sense, the whole body of residents of the district or locality represented by such an officer or legislator.
  • n. Hence Any body of persons who may be conceived to have a common representative; those to whom one is in any way accountable; clientele: as, the constituency of a newspaper (that is, its readers); the constituency of a hotel (its guests or customers).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the body of voters who elect a representative for their area

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Examples

  • The real vote he will have to explain to his constituency is the vote of confidence for the Kenyan/Indonesian in the WH. rob, austin tx

    Gates defends military's review of DADT

  • I'm glad he clearly understands who his constituency is here.

    Thank heaven (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • How sad that politicians can only think about themselves as if being the representative of a constituency is their paycheck versus the job they signed on to ... where, btw, the state voted 61% to select Obama as the Democratic nominee.

    Mississippi Democrat distances himself from Obama

  • Again, in the interests of SNP Tactical Voting, putting your x for Ross Finnie in this constituency is a good plan.

    You heard it here first

  • Our poster display in the west of the constituency is astounding.

    Campaigning Today

  • I think -- well, let's say, we will have what we call a constituency for Africa that will take these issues one at a time and deal with them appropriately; and help both the American public, the Congress, the business community to understand what we feel to be America's interests.

    Young Lucas And Clough Briefing On Africa Conference

  • A further constituency is our co-regulators, both nationally and internationally and the rapidly increasing need for improved investigative and enforcement cooperation as world-wide trading escalates.

    The View From the Ontario Securities Commission

  • The right you have to vote in such a constituency is a positive right; it is given you by a positive law and it might be changed.

    Foundations for Peace

  • _ Eh! but he is subjected to a pretty severe competitive examination of his own, by what they call a constituency, who just put him to the test in the art of conjuring, to see if he can shift money from his own pocket into theirs, without any inconvenient third party being aware of the transfer.

    Gryll Grange

  • Her constituency is amongst the poorest in the nation.

    What's next for health care?

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