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constituency

[kuh n-stich-oo-uh n-see] /kənˈstɪtʃ u ən si/
noun, plural constituencies.
1.
a body of constituents; the voters or residents in a district represented by an elective officer.
2.
the district itself.
3.
any body of supporters, customers, etc.; clientele.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; constitu(ent) + -ency
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British Dictionary definitions for constituencies

constituency

/kənˈstɪtjʊənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
the whole body of voters who elect one representative to a legislature or all the residents represented by one deputy
2.
  1. a district that sends one representative to a legislature
  2. (as modifier): constituency organization
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Word Origin and History for constituencies

constituency

n.

"body of constituents," 1806, from constituent + -cy.

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Encyclopedia Article for constituencies

constituency

basic electoral unit into which eligible electors are organized to elect representatives to a legislative or other public body. The registration of electors is also usually undertaken within the bounds of the constituency.

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