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Dictionary definition for: Constituent

1. (n) 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"

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

4. (n) 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 s

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