Constituent means part of a whole, as in "we'll break this down into its constituent parts." The word comes up often in political contexts: constituents are the people politicians have been elected to represent.

To understand constituent, look at constitute, which means to make up. A politician's electorate is constituted of individual constituent voters. Chex Party Mix is constituted of a delightful mix of constituent parts: Chex cereal, pretzels, cheese doodles and those little orange stick things no one has a name for.

Primary Meanings of constituent

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
constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
(grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
Full Definitions of constituent

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

component, element
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accessory, add-on, appurtenance, supplement
a supplementary component that improves capability
add-on, addition, improver
a component that is added to something to improve it
the sound elements of television
auto part, car part
a component of an automobile
a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices
computer hardware, hardware
(computer science) 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
a component of a mixture or compound
a component of production; something that goes into the production of output
component consisting of a side piece opposite the moldboard
(usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something
a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components
pel, picture element, pixel
(computer science) the smallest discrete component of an image or picture on a CRT screen (usually a colored dot)
a component or accessory added to something after it has been manufactured
spare, spare part
an extra component of a machine or other apparatus
spark gap
a component of an ignition system; consists of two shaped electrodes and the space between them
something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine
admixture, intermixture
an additional ingredient that is added by mixing with the base
an addition that was not included in the original plan
annex, annexe, extension, wing
an addition that extends a main building
a supplementary part or accessory
auto accessory
an accessory for an automobile
a heating element in an electric fire
the principal ingredient of a mixture
the heating elements of a stove or range on which pots and pans are placed for cooking
a module designed to be inserted into a larger piece of equipment
C.P.U., CPU, central processing unit, central processor, mainframe, processor
(computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing
computer accessory
an accessory for a computer
elongation, extension
an addition to the length of something
a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
fixings, trimmings
the accessories that normally accompany (something or some activity)
immersion heater
a heating element that is immersed in the liquid that is to be heated (as in a hot-water tank)
computer memory, computer storage, memory, memory board, storage, store
an electronic memory device
piezoelectric crystal
a crystal that can be used as a transducer
power module
module that provides power to operate other modules
computer hardware that arranges jobs to be done by the computer in an appropriate order
computer hardware that sorts data or programs into a predetermined sequence
hardware that provides better performance than an earlier version did
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part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact

n an abstract part of something

“two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony”
component, element, factor, ingredient
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be all and end all, be-all and end-all
the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim
plot element
a component or element of the plot of a story
a geometric element that has position but no extension
MacGuffin, McGuffin
(film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot
attracter, attractor
(physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
intersection, intersection point, point of intersection
a point where lines intersect
the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
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division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

n something determined in relation to something that includes it

“the animal constituent of plankton”
component, component part, part, portion
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the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
language unit, linguistic unit
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
item, point
a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
base, basis
the most important or necessary part of something
detail, item, particular
a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole
anything that belongs to a set or class
balance, remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest
something left after other parts have been taken away
a part of a part
body substance
the substance of the body
living substance, protoplasm
the substance of a living cell (including cytoplasm and nucleus)
extended verbal expression in speech or writing
a unit of language that native speakers can identify
a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme
a minimal unit (as a word or stem) in the lexicon of a language; `go' and `went' and `gone' and `going' are all members of the English lexeme `go'
minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
a language unit by which a person or thing is known
agenda item
one of the items to be considered
an item that is incidental
inventory item
an item listed in an inventory
line item
an item in an appropriation bill
news item
an item in a newspaper
place, position
an item on a list or in a sequence
a grouping of words in a sentence
phone, sound, speech sound
(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified
high spot, highlight
the most interesting or memorable part
leftover, remnant
a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists
the chemical composition and properties of a substance or object
material, stuff
the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
a hypothetical substance once believed to be present in all combustible materials and to be released during burning
(chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)
(physics and chemistry) the smallest component of an element having the chemical properties of the element
chemical element, element
any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
(biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription
the substance that is acted upon by an enzyme or ferment
one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
an intervening substance through which something is achieved
(biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
a substance that is fluid at room temperature and pressure
a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
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an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

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

constitutional, constitutive, organic
basic and fundamental

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

grammatical constituent
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(grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
(grammar) a constituent that is acted upon
ablative absolute
a constituent in Latin grammar; a noun and its modifier can function as a sentence modifier
immediate constituent
a constituent of a sentence at the first step in an analysis: e.g., subject and predicate
construction, expression, grammatical construction
a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit
an ungrammatical constituent
one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition
(logic) the first term of a proposition
object of a preposition, prepositional object
the object governed by a preposition
direct object, object of the verb
the object that receives the direct action of the verb
indirect object
the object that is the recipient or beneficiary of the action of the verb
retained object
an object in a passive construction
a construction that can be used to extend the meaning of a word or phrase but is not one of the main constituents of a sentence
(grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence
a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction
an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
an expression that predicates
(logic) what is predicated of the subject of a proposition; the second term in a proposition is predicated of the first term by means of the copula
the first term in a proposition; the term to which other terms relate
a term in a proposition that is related to the referent of the proposition
categorem, categoreme
a categorematic expression; a term capable of standing alone as the subject or predicate of a logical proposition
major term
the term in a syllogism that is the predicate of the conclusion
minor term
the term in a syllogism that is the subject of the conclusion
middle term
the term in a syllogism that is common to both premises and excluded from the conclusion
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syntagm, syntagma
a syntactic string of words that forms a part of some larger syntactic unit

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”
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elector, voter
a citizen who has a legal right to vote

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