constitutive

constitutive

[kon-sti-too-tiv, -tyoo-]
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:
1585–95; constitute + -ive

constitutively, adverb
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constitutive (ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːtɪv)
 
adj
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
 
'constitutively
 
adv

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constitutive
c.1600, "having the power of establishing," also "elemental, essential," from M.L. *constitutivus, from constitut-, pp. stem of constituere (see constitute). Related: Constitutively (1650s).
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