Definition of constituency in English:


Line breaks: con|stitu|ency
Pronunciation: /kənˈstɪtjʊənsi

noun (plural constituencies)

1A group of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body: most politicians are more interested in the voice of their 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: a parliamentary candidate in the Hampstead and Highgate constituency
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  • 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 group of people with shared interests or political opinions: the right needed to move beyond its blue-blood constituency
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  • Five contenders for the rural constituency were asked their opinion on a decision to shelve flood defence plans for Pickering.
  • The implication here is that there is something wrong with parties serving the interests of particular constituencies, that instead they ought somehow to be above, well, politics.
  • Such is the sullenness towards him in some constituencies of opinion that they don't want to hear him when he wants to reach out to them.

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