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con·stit·u·ent  audio  (kn-stch-nt) KEY 

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

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin cnstituns, cnstituent- present participle of cnstituere, to set up ; see constitute. N., from French from Latin cnstituns, from present participle of cnstituere

OTHER FORMS:
con·stitu·ent·ly(Adverb)


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