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

  • adj. Serving as part of a whole; component: a constituent element.
  • adj. Empowered to elect or designate.
  • adj. Authorized to make or amend a constitution: a constituent assembly.
  • n. A constituent part; a component. See Synonyms at element.
  • n. A resident of a district or member of a group represented by an elected official.
  • n. One that authorizes another to act as a representative; a client.
  • n. Grammar A functional unit of a grammatical construction, as a verb, noun phrase, or clause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. being a part, or component of a whole
  • adj. authorized to make a constitution
  • n. a part, or component of a whole
  • n. The person or thing which constitutes, determines, or constructs.
  • n. A resident of a place represented by an elected official.
  • n. One who appoints another to act for him as attorney in fact.
  • n. A functional element of a phrase or clause.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to form, compose, or make up; elemental; component.
  • adj. Having the power of electing or appointing.
  • n. The person or thing which constitutes, determines, or constructs.
  • n. That which constitutes or composes, as a part, or an essential part; a component; an element.
  • n. One for whom another acts; especially, one who is represented by another in a legislative assembly; -- correlative to representative.
  • n. A person who appoints another to act for him as attorney in fact.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Constituting or existing as a necessary component or ingredient; forming or composing as a necessary part; component; elementary: as, oxygen and hydrogen are the constituent parts of water.
  • Having the power of constituting or appointing, or of electing to public office: as, a constituent body.
  • n. One who or that which constitutes or forms, or establishes or determines.
  • n. That which constitutes or composes as a part, or a necessary part; a formative element or ingredient.
  • n. One who constitutes another his agent; one who empowers another to transact business for him, or appoints another to an office in which the person appointed represents him as his agent.
  • n. One who elects or assists in electing another to a public office; more generally, any inhabitant of the district represented by an elective officer, especially by one elected to a legislative body: so called with reference to such officer.

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

  • n. (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
  • n. 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
  • n. something determined in relation to something that includes it
  • n. a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
  • adj. constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
  • n. an abstract part of something

Etymologies

Latin cōnstituēns, cōnstituent-, present participle of cōnstituere, to set up; see constitute. N., from French, from Latin cōnstituēns, from present participle of cōnstituere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin constituens, present participle of constituo ("I establish"), from com- ("together") + statuo ("I set, place, establish"); see statute or statue, and compare institute and restitute. (Wiktionary)

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