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constituent

1. having the power to frame a constitution or to constitute a government (esp in the phrases constituent assembly, constituent power)
2. Becoming rare electing or having the power to elect
3. a resident of a constituency, esp one entitled to vote
4. Chiefly law a person who appoints another to act for him, as by power of attorney

constituent

[kən′stich·ə·wənt]
(science and technology)
An essential part or component of a system or group: examples are an ingredient of a chemical system, or a component of an alloy.
References in classic literature ?
A substitution of separate State sovereignties, in the place of the constituent sovereignty of the people, was the basis of the Confederate Union.
But in its construction the Convention immediately perceived that they must retrace their steps, and fall back from a league of friendship between sovereign States to the constituent sovereignty of the people; from power to right--from the irresponsible despotism of State sovereignty to the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence.
From the day of that Declaration, the constituent power of the people had never been called into action.
Neither your time, nor perhaps the cheerful nature of this occasion, permit me here to enter upon the examination of this anti-revolutionary theory, which arrays State sovereignty against the constituent sovereignty of the people, and distorts the Constitution of the United States into a league of friendship between confederate corporations.
It is, however, a more profitable employment to trace the constituent principles of future greatness in their kernel; to detect in the acorn at our feet the germ of that majestic oak, whose roots shoot down to the centre, and whose branches aspire to the skies.
But then I hold that knowing itself consists of such constituents suitably related, and that in being aware of them we are sometimes being aware of instances of knowing.
3) Can we observe anything which differs in its intrinsic nature from the constituents of the physical world, or is everything that we can observe composed of elements intrinsically similar to the constituents of what is called matter?
It is commonly thought that by looking within we can observe all sorts of things that are radically different from the constituents of the physical world, e.
4] even though concentrations of its constituent chemicals were at least an order of magnitude below their known effective doses.
Ceil Sorensen of Granada Hills, a new constituent to Sherman's redrawn congressional district, came to express her worry about Los Angeles County's budget crunch which will result in the closure of a number of public health clinics.
Information technology, by the end of the century, will put every worker in the global corporation in easy communication with any other worker in that global corporation as well as with any customer, constituent, client, vendor or regulator.
The new evidence "will require future investigators to consider that the prime factor in [lung cancer] risk is not necessarily beta-carotene but may be some other constituent of vegetables," says Saxon Graham of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo.