1. The person or thing which constitutes,
determines, or constructs.
Their first composure and origination require a
higher and nobler constituent than chance.
Sir M. Hale
2. That which constitutes or composes, as
a part, or an essential part; a component; an element.
We know how to bring these constituents
together, and to cause them to form water.
3. One for whom another acts; especially,
one who is represented by another in a legislative assembly; --
correlative to representative.
The electors in the district of a representative
in Congress, or in the legislature of a State, are termed his
To appeal from the representatives to the
4. (Law) A person who appoints
another to act for him as attorney in fact.
Con*stit"u*ent (?), a. [L.
constituens, -entis, p. pr. See Constitute.]
1. Serving to form, compose, or make up;
Body, soul, and reason are the three parts
necessarily constituent of a man.
2. Having the power of electing or
A question of right arises between the
constituent and representative body.