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 for constituent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Constituent \Con*stit"u*ent\ (k[o^]n*st[i^]t"[-u]*[-e]nt), a.
     [L. constituens, -entis, p. pr. See Constitute.]
     1. Serving to form, compose, or make up; elemental;
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              Body, soul, and reason are the three parts
              necessarily constituent of a man.     --Dryden.
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     2. Having the power of electing or appointing.
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              A question of right arises between the constituent
              and representative body.              --Junius.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Constituent \Con*stit"u*ent\, n.
     1. The person or thing which constitutes, determines, or
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              Their first composure and origination require a
              higher and nobler constituent than chance. --Sir M.
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     2. That which constitutes or composes, as a part, or an
        essential part; a component; an element.
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              We know how to bring these constituents together,
              and to cause them to form water.      --Tyndall.
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     3. One for whom another acts; especially, one who is
        represented by another in a legislative assembly; --
        correlative to representative.
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              The electors in the district of a representative in
              Congress, or in the legislature of a State, are
              termed his constituents.              --Abbot.
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              To appeal from the representatives to the
              constituents.                         --Macaulay.
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     4. (Law) A person who appoints another to act for him as
        attorney in fact. --Burrill.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: constitutional in the structure of something (especially
             your physical makeup) [syn: constituent(a),
             constitutional, constitutive(a), organic]
      n 1: an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a
           composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be
           separated from or attached to a system; "spare components
           for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"
           [syn: component, constituent, element]
      2: a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a
         government by officials for whom he or she votes; "needs
         continued support by constituents to be re-elected"
      3: something determined in relation to something that includes
         it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than
         himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller
         component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of
         plankton" [syn: part, portion, component part,
         component, constituent]
      4: (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger
         grammatical construction [syn: constituent, grammatical
      5: an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of
         his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition
         are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a
         sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an
         effective ingredient of a speech" [syn: component,
         constituent, element, factor, ingredient]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  97 Moby Thesaurus words for "constituent":
     ab ovo, adjunct, adoptive, air, appointive, appurtenance, aspect,
     atom, atomic particles, basal, basic, brute matter, building block,
     census, chemical element, choosing, choosy, circumstance,
     component, composition, constituents, constitutive, content,
     contents, detail, discriminating, division, divisions, earth,
     eclectic, elective, electoral, element, elemental, elementary,
     elementary particle, elementary unit, elements, essential, factor,
     feature, fire, fixings, formative, fraction, fundamental,
     fundamental particle, gut, guts, hyle, hypostasis, index,
     ingredient, ingredients, innards, insides, integral, integrant,
     inventory, item, items, list, makings, material, material world,
     materiality, matter, molecule, monad, natural world, nature,
     of the essence, original, part, part and parcel, particular, parts,
     physical world, plenum, portion, primal, primary, primitive,
     radical, selecting, selective, specialty, stuff, substance,
     substantial, substantive, substratum, the four elements,
     underlying, unit of being, water, whole

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CONSTITUENT. He who gives authority to another to act for him. 1 Bouv. Inst. 
  n. 893. 
       2. The constituent is bound with whatever his attorney does by virtue 
  of his authority. The electors of a member of the legislature are his 
  constituents, to whom he is responsible for his legislative acts. 

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