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constituent

[ kuh n-stich-oo-uh nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF constituent

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONSTITUENT

Congress adopted the scheme, and the constituent convention was called.

It combined cavalry and infantry and all the constituent elements of an army.

The work of the Constituent was doomed by the very nature of things.

Synthesis is the process of forming a compound from its constituent parts.

Its two constituent parts are ratiocination and description.

Mr. Sorby finds plates of mica to be also a constituent of slate-rock.

We must now look from the wire, as a whole, to its constituent atoms.

Yet Time is perhaps the more real, and assuredly the richer, constituent of the two.

Do we find anything of all this in the Constituent Assembly?

They were not constituent, but the very reverse of constituent.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "one who appoints or elects a representative," from Latin constituentem (nominative constituens), present participle of constituere (see constitute). The notion is "to make up or compose" a body by appointing or electing a representative. As an adjective, "essential, characteristic," from 1660s; "that appoints or elects a representative to a body," from 1714.

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