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constitutive

[kon-sti-too-tiv, -tyoo-] /ˈkɒn stɪˌtu tɪv, -ˌtyu-/
adjective
1.
constituent; making a thing what it is; essential.
2.
having power to establish or enact.
3.
Physics, Chemistry. pertaining to a molecular property determined primarily by the arrangement of atoms in the molecule rather than by their nature or number.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; constitute + -ive
Related forms
constitutively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for constitutive

constitutive

/ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːtɪv/
adjective
1.
having power to enact, appoint, or establish
2.
(chem) (of a physical property) determined by the arrangement of atoms in a molecule rather than by their nature
3.
(biochem) (of an enzyme) formed continuously, irrespective of the cell's needs
4.
another word for constituent (sense 1)
Derived Forms
constitutively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for constitutive
adj.

c.1600, "having the power of establishing," also "elemental, essential," from Medieval Latin *constitutivus, from constitut-, past participle stem of constituere (see constitute). Related: Constitutively.

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