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[kuh n-stich-oo-uh n-see] /kənˈstɪtʃ u ən si/
noun, plural constituencies.
a body of constituents; the voters or residents in a district represented by an elective officer.
the district itself.
any body of supporters, customers, etc.; clientele.
Origin of constituency
1825-35; constitu(ent) + -ency Unabridged
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  • The constituency of the Doshisha consists principally of Kumiai Christians.

  • The constituency of the grog seller is the ready made tool of the demagogue.

    The Arena Various
  • Now the representative of this constituency was the moving spirit, the Machiavelli, of the ministry—Landsberg.

    The New Germany George Young
  • Among the first was that from Medland's own constituency: he was beaten by above a hundred votes.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • The Red River Community was very small, so that it could not very well supply a constituency.

British Dictionary definitions for constituency


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

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

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