1. Serving to form, compose, or make up; elemental; component.
Body, soul, and reason are the three parts necessarily constituent of a man. --Dryden.
2. Having the power of electing or appointing.
A question of right arises between the constituent and representative body. --Junius.
1. The person or thing which constitutes, determines, or constructs.
Their first composure and origination require a higher and nobler constituent than chance. --Sir M. Hale
2. That which constitutes or composes, as a part, or an essential part; a component; an element.
We know how to bring these constituents together, and to cause them to form water. --Tyndall.
3. One for whom another acts; especially, one who is represented by another in a legislative assembly; -- correlative to representative.
The electors in the district of a representative in Congress, or in the legislature of a State, are termed his constituents. --Abbot.
To appeal from the representatives to the constituents. --Macaulay.
4. Law A person who appoints another to act for him as attorney in fact.
adj : constitutional in the structure of something (especially
your physical makeup) [syn: constituent(a), constitutional,
n 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; "spare
components for cars"; "a component or constituent
element of a system" [syn: 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: (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a
larger grammatical construction [syn: grammatical
4: an abstract part of something; "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" [syn: component, element,