constituency

constituency

[kuhn-stich-oo-uhn-see]
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:
1825–35; constitu(ent) + -ency

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constituency (kənˈstɪtjʊənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  the whole body of voters who elect one representative to a legislature or all the residents represented by one deputy
2.  a.  a district that sends one representative to a legislature
 b.  (as modifier): constituency organization

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constituency
"body of constituents," 1831, from constituent.
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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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