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Noun: constituent  kun'sti-choo-unt
  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
    "a component or constituent element of a system";
    - component, 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
    "the animal constituent of plankton";
    - part, portion, component part, component
  4. (grammar) a word, phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
    - grammatical constituent
  5. An abstract part of something
    "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony";
    - component, element, factor, ingredient
Adjective: constituent  kun'sti-choo-unt
  1. Being a part of something, esp. part of the physical structure
    - constitutional, constitutive, component

Derived forms: constituents

See also: essential

Type of: division, elector, part, portion, relation, section, syntagm, syntagma, voter

Part of: constituency, electorate [Austral, NZ], meronymy, part to whole relation, sentence

Encyclopedia: Constituent