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CONSTITUENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does constituent mean? 

CONSTITUENT (noun)
  The noun CONSTITUENT has 4 senses:

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
2. a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
3. (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
4. an abstract part of something

  Familiarity information: CONSTITUENT used as a noun is uncommon.


CONSTITUENT (adjective)
  The adjective CONSTITUENT has 1 sense:

1. constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)

  Familiarity information: CONSTITUENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSTITUENT (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

constituent; component; element

Context examples:

spare components for cars / a component or constituent element of a system

Hypernyms ("constituent" is a kind of...):

part; portion (something less than the whole of a human artifact)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constituent"):

accessory; add-on; appurtenance; supplement (a supplementary component that improves capability)

spark gap (a component of an ignition system; consists of two shaped electrodes and the space between them)

spare; spare part (an extra component of a machine or other apparatus)

retrofit (a component or accessory added to something after it has been manufactured)

pel; picture element; pixel ((computer science) the smallest discrete component of an image or picture on a CRT screen (usually a colored dot))

module (a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components)

making ((usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something)

landside (component consisting of a side piece opposite the moldboard)

input (a component of production; something that goes into the production of output)

ingredient (a component of a mixture or compound)

heating element (the component of a heater or range that transforms fuel or electricity into heat)

computer hardware; hardware ((computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system)

crystal (a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices)

auto part; car part (a component of an automobile)

audio (the sound elements of television)

add-on; addition; improver (a component that is added to something to improve it)


Sense 2constituent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

needs continued support by constituents to be re-elected

Hypernyms ("constituent" is a kind of...):

elector; voter (a citizen who has a legal right to vote)

Holonyms ("constituent" is a member of...):

constituency (the body of voters who elect a representative for their area)


Sense 3constituent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

grammatical constituent; constituent

Hypernyms ("constituent" is a kind of...):

syntagm; syntagma (a syntactic string of words that forms a part of some larger syntactic unit)

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constituent"):

term (one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition)

misconstruction (an ungrammatical constituent)

construction; expression; grammatical construction (a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit)

immediate constituent (a constituent of a sentence at the first step in an analysis: e.g., subject and predicate)

ablative absolute (a constituent in Latin grammar; a noun and its modifier can function as a sentence modifier)

object ((grammar) a constituent that is acted upon)

subject ((grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated)

Holonyms ("constituent" is a part of...):

sentence (a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language)


Sense 4constituent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An abstract part of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

component; element; ingredient; factor; constituent

Context examples:

jealousy was a component of his character / two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony / the grammatical elements of a sentence / a key factor in her success / humor: an effective ingredient of a speech

Hypernyms ("constituent" is a kind of...):

division; part; section (one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "constituent"):

point (a geometric element that has position but no extension)

plot element (a component or element of the plot of a story)

be all and end all; be-all and end-all (the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim)


CONSTITUENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)

Synonyms:

constituent; constitutive; constitutional; organic

Similar:

essential (basic and fundamental)


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