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Constituent is a member of the word family constitute, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun constituent

What does constituent mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: constituents

  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
    • example: a component or constituent element of a system
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of constituent: component / element
    • more generic words: part / portion = something less than the whole of a human artifact
    • more specific terms:
      • appurtenance / supplement / accessory / add-on = a supplementary component that improves capability
      • addition / improver / add-on = a component that is added to something to improve it
      • audio = the sound elements of television
      • auto part / car part = a component of an automobile
      • crystal = a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices
      • computer hardware / hardware = the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
      • heating element = the component of a heater or range that transforms fuel or electricity into heat
      • ingredient = a component of a mixture or compound
      • input = a component of production
      • landside = component consisting of a side piece opposite the moldboard
      • making = the components needed for making or doing something
      • module = a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components
      • picture element / pixel / pel = the smallest discrete component of an image or picture on a CRT screen
      • retrofit = a component or accessory added to something after it has been manufactured
      • spare part / spare = an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
      • spark gap = a component of an ignition system
  2. a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
    • example: needs continued support by constituents to be re-elected
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: elector / voter = a citizen who has a legal right to vote
    • member of: constituency = the body of voters who elect a representative for their area
  3. something determined in relation to something that includes it
    • example: the animal constituent of plankton
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonyms of constituent: component / component part / part / portion
    • more generic word: relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
    • more specific terms:
      • substance = the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
      • linguistic unit / language unit = one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
      • point / item = a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
      • butt = the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
      • basis / base = the most important or necessary part of something
      • particular / detail / item = a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
      • unit = an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole
      • member = anything that belongs to a set or class
      • remainder / residual / residuum / balance / residue / rest = something left after other parts have been taken away
      • subpart = a part of a part
    • part of: meronymy / part to whole relation = the semantic relation that holds between a part and the whole
  4. (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
  5. an abstract part of something

Alternative definition of the noun constituent


  1. a part, or component of a whole
  2. a resident of a place represented by an elected official
  3. [grammar] a functional element of a phrase or clause

Definition of the noun constituent for high school students

    an essential part
    • example: The most important constituent of her perfume is something called ambergris.

The noun constituent is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the adjective constituent

What does constituent mean as an attribute of a noun?


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

Alternative definition of the adjective constituent


  1. being a part, or component of a whole
  2. authorized to make a constitution


Constituent: In syntactic analysis, a constituent is a word or a group of words that functions as a single unit within a hierarchical structure. The analysis of constituent structure is associated mainly with phrase structure grammars, although dependency grammars also allow sentence structure to be broken down into constituent parts. The constituent structure of sentences is identified using constituency tests. These tests manipulate some portion of a sentence and based on the result, clues are delivered about the immediate constituent structure of the sentence. Many constituents are phrases. A phrase is a sequence of two or more words built around a head lexical item and working as a unit within a sentence. A word sequence is shown to be a phrase/constituent if it exhibits one or more of the behaviors discussed below.

Phrases with Constituent

  1. Constituent country
  2. immediate constituent
  3. grammatical constituent

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Constituent

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 1 - Abbreviations (1968)

Accountability to Associcao Brasileira De Escolas De Biblioteconomia E Documentacao by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour

The main syntactic tool created by the structuralist school to achieve this goal is " immediate constituent analysis." The principal idea is the following: The basic language unit is the sentence. On the next lower level, sentences are composed of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1976)

Volume 5 - Classical Optimization to Computer Output/Input Microform by Jack Belzer, Albert G. Holzman, Allen Kent

COMIT designating the constituent in the workspace that is to be replaced by the material from the shelf. Thus the rule * A = 1 + $0 // *A37 2 * will find the first A in the workspace, insert a null constituent just to the right of it (with the $0 in the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

constituent structure conjunct union /'ju:nj9n/ n. The phenomenon by which one conjunct of an underlying coordinate structure is suppressed on the surface, being realized only by an agreement morph. An example is Turkish Hasanla gittik ...

Google previewNutrition and Diet Therapy Reference Dictionary (1996)

by Rosalinda T. Lagua, Virginia Serraon Claudio

Deficiency Food Sources Calcium Chloride Chromium Cobalt Copper Fluoride Iodine Iron Magnesium Manganese Molybdenum Structure of bones and teeth; nerve transmission; blood clotting; muscle contraction Constituent of gastric juice; ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

Where two companies were exempt except on net earnings above ten per cent dividends and this was based upon conditions which could only be performed by the constituent companies while operating separate lines (keeping accounts and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ukraine (2016)

Volume I: A-F plus Map and Gazetteer by Volodymyr Kubijovyc

Constituent Assembly of Ukraine (Ukrainski Ustanovchi Zbory).

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics (2006)

by Hadumod Bussmann

Constituent structure grammar is based on this relation. (=> dependency) References => immediate constituent analysis, phrase structure grammar, transformational grammar constituent A term used in structural sentence analysis for every ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (2011)

by Norbert M. Seel

Constituent. 1: Contributions. to. Learning. Theory. The fundamental basis of design experiments is a strong mutual relationship between the engineered working (learning) environment and its “contribution to learning theory.” On the one hand ...

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Small photo of NEW YORK CITY, NY -18 FEB 2018- Exterior view of Hunter College, a constituent college of the City University of New York, located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side of Manhattan.Small photo of Reza Shah Pahlavi was elected monarch by Irans Constituent Assembly in 1925. He rose to power as a military strong man in the complex Post World War 1 period of tension between Iran and Bolshevik RussSmall photo of OXFORD, UK - JUN 15, 2013: Hertford Bridge (called "the Bridge of Sighs"), a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College, a constituent college of the University of OxfordSmall photo of Texture, background. the sand on the beach. loose granular substance, pale yellowish brown, resulting from the erosion of siliceous and other rocks and forming a major constituent of beachesSmall photo of Cambridge, UK - March, 2018. Empty benches in the garden of the Downing College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.Small photo of Water background / Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most livingSmall photo of Water background / Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth's streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms More...

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Quotes about Constituent

Heart and head are the constituent parts of character; temperament has almost nothing to do with it, and, therefore, character is dependent upon education, and is susceptible of being corrected and improved. (Giacomo Casanova)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1S1T1I1T1U1E1N1T1

The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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