Definition of constituency in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈstiCHo͞oənsē/

noun (plural constituencies)

1A body of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body: the politician who wishes to remain in the good graces of his constituency
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  • A third option attempts to combine the best of both: representatives are elected in constituencies and then more are added, if necessary, to get the proportions right.
  • It is much easier for minor or new parties to gain votes in parliamentary systems, where voters elect individual members in constituencies.
  • Some 3,3 million voters registered go to the polls in 31 constituencies to elect senators for a re-introduced upper house.
1.1chiefly British An area whose voters elect a representative to a legislative body.
Example sentences
  • He represents the Meath constituency in the Dail and as a result of his appointment will resign his seat and a by-election will be held in Meath.
  • The seat was abolished following boundary changes in 1983, after which he represented the Selby constituency.
  • Fourteen members represent London constituencies, the other 11 are London-wide and their job is to scrutinise and monitor the mayor's performance.
1.2A body of customers or supporters: a constituency of racing fans
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  • Now, according to at least some pollsters, his support among that core constituency is slipping.
  • Camp leadership should be able to live comfortably with its decisions, if those decisions are made with the advice and consideration of the constituencies supporting the camp.
  • Our image as a low-key, behind-the-scenes supporter of a small, niche constituency is gone.

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Syllabification: con·stit·u·en·cy

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