Constituent

Definition of Constituent

Con`stit´u`ent   Pronunciation: kǒn`st
a.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.
n.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.

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