(Con*stit"u*ent) a. [L. constituens, -entis, p. pr. See Constitute.]
1. Serving to form, compose, or make up; elemental; component.
Body, soul, and reason are the three parts necessarily constituent of a man.
2. Having the power of electing or appointing.
A question of right arises between the constituent and representative body.
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
To appeal from the representatives to the constituents.
4. (Law) A person who appoints another to act for him as attorney in fact. Burrill.
(Con"sti*tute) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Constituted; p. pr. & vb. n. Constituting.] [L. constitutus,
p. p. of constiture to constitute; con- + statuere to place, set, fr. status station, fr. stare to stand.
1. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
2. To make up; to compose; to form.
Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.
3. To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine. Constituted authorities, the officers of government, collectively, as of a nation, city, town, etc. Bartlett.
(Con"sti*tute) n. An established law. [Obs.] T. Preston.
(Con"sti*tu`ter) n. One who constitutes or appoints.
(Con`sti*tu"tion) n. [F. constitution, L. constitute.]
1. The act or process of constituting; the action of enacting, establishing, or appointing; enactment; establishment; formation.