Definition of constituency in US English:

constituency

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘They neither need nor want to seek sympathy from the ‘majority’ of voters in the constituency.’
    • ‘Members of Parliament are elected from 650 single-member constituencies in plurality (first-past-the-post) elections.’
    • ‘Voters in multi-seat constituencies (electing three, four or five deputies each) are asked to rank their candidate preferences on a ballot paper.’
    • ‘The president, elected from the national constituency, reflected a different set of popular wishes.’
    • ‘The bulk of the new voters voted Yes, with the result that 66 per cent of voters in the constituency backed the referendum.’
    • ‘In a new two-tier voting system, 400 members of the House of Representatives will be elected directly by voters in 400 constituencies nationwide.’
    • ‘Politicians at those senior levels - even if they have been elected in city constituencies - have barely responded to these complaints.’
    • ‘On our behalf, they spoke to 400 voters across the constituency.’
    • ‘More than 80 percent of the voters in the constituency are landless peasants or poor farmers.’
    • ‘The constituency has 873,000 voters who also seem to be divided in their loyalties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some 3,3 million voters registered go to the polls in 31 constituencies to elect senators for a re-introduced upper house.’
    • ‘To get elected in her constituency, she promised jobs to everyone.’
    • ‘He stopped speaking of revenge and focused instead on issues affecting the small circle of voters in his constituency.’
    • ‘It is much easier for minor or new parties to gain votes in parliamentary systems, where voters elect individual members in constituencies.’
    • ‘He continues to express a long-felt pride and affection for his constituency and voters.’
    • ‘Not only did these relate to the realignment of counties within constituencies but also details on the transfer of voters between adjoining constituencies.’
    • ‘Perhaps the time has come for constituencies to elect independent citizens, unaffiliated to any political party, to our Parliament in order to begin the process of good government.’
    • ‘Voters in marginal constituencies want their channels.’
    • ‘Upper House members are elected from national and local constituencies; Lower House member are elected from local constituencies.’
    1. 1.1British An area whose voters elect a representative to a legislative body.
      • ‘He represented three different Dublin constituencies before losing his seat last June in the nationwide collapse of the Fine Gael vote.’
      • ‘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 Minister, who represents the Hacketstown constituency, expressed his delight that the project was now completed.’
      • ‘He owns the 250-bedroom Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, the heart of the minister's constituency.’
      • ‘She thanked voters in the Bolton West constituency for the support they had shown for her campaign.’
      • ‘The website helps Liberal Democrat voters in the two constituencies to find Labour supporters living in constituencies elsewhere in the country where Labour has no hope of winning.’
      • ‘The right of MPs to use a decades-old rule that entitles any member outside the inner London constituencies to claim interest on the mortgage for a home near Westminster remains untouched.’
      • ‘My husband is planning to start a factory for manufacturing green environment friendly condoms in the Minister's constituency.’
      • ‘The seat was abolished following boundary changes in 1983, after which he represented the Selby constituency.’
      • ‘The Conservative Party plans to use marketing software to identify potential supporters in key constituencies then telephone them to try to win their votes.’
      • ‘Other party officials say that on the ground there is immense hostility to him and he has few supporters left in the constituency.’
      • ‘Fourteen members represent London constituencies, the other 11 are London-wide and their job is to scrutinise and monitor the mayor's performance.’
      • ‘Every member of the Cabinet has been scheduled to visit the constituency in the run-up to the election.’
      • ‘Growing up in a PNM-loyal family, I have been a supporter all my life in the Couva North constituency.’
      • ‘This year the scheme will be extended to 200,000 people in 15 wards in the parliamentary constituencies of Brightside, Central and Hallam.’
      neighbourhood, area, region, place, locality, locale, community, quarter, sector, vicinity, zone, territory, block, part, spot, patch, domain
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    2. 1.2 A body of customers or supporters.
      ‘a constituency of racing fans’
      • ‘But local and family history has built up a political constituency that ought to be respected.’
      • ‘It served to insulate agricultural policy both from competing domestic political constituencies and from American demands for trade liberalization.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A major Democratic constituency, the feminist left, expects a fight against any of his nominees.’
      • ‘The network's persuasiveness with Democratic constituencies and other voters will be the ultimate sign of how much of a breakthrough this online campaign achieves.’
      • ‘I think what we are looking at here is a new progressive political movement that will go beyond November in realigning political constituencies in this country.’
      • ‘The African American constituency isn't going to fall for this nonsense.’
      • ‘The eclectic newspaper package offered every constituency something special.’
      • ‘Should the lazy idiot constituency be encouraged to influence society even more than it already does?’
      • ‘We internet junkies, like the direct mail discussed in the article, are a very narrow constituency.’
      • ‘If the newspaper is looking for a constituency to support it, we are here and waiting for you.’
      • ‘There's no great Palestinian constituency for starting another one.’
      • ‘Our image as a low-key, behind-the-scenes supporter of a small, niche constituency is gone.’
      • ‘Like the Dalai Lama, she would then be able to work the relevant political and media constituencies.’
      • ‘The nature and interests of these constituencies were varied and illustrated the different ways in which working people had responded to the challenges of modernization.’
      • ‘Military power has a way of creating some political constituencies for itself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They faced little opposition because there were as yet no e-books, and thus no constituency of readers for them.’
      • ‘A proliferation of media outlets emerged to serve specialized interests and constituencies as a consequence of economic reform.’
      • ‘So, we are dealing with a very powerful constituency of religious nuts now doing the muscle work for a criminal political gang.’
      • ‘Such ranking is carried out to respond to the interests of political constituencies and not primarily to the interests of the students engaged in the business of learning.’
      • ‘But to succeed in elections, they must appeal to their core constituency of extremely conservative voters in the south.’
      • ‘There are some people in that music scene who are defining a political constituency and using it as a voting bloc to effect social change.’
      • ‘And when the time came to work on projects, his constituency readily supported many of his decisions.’
      • ‘Now, according to at least some pollsters, his support among that core constituency is slipping.’
      • ‘That is an awful lot of political constituencies to which accountability is required.’
      • ‘In doing so, the danger also exist that we might accentuate Africa's post-colonial particularity where politicians seek public office to serve ethnic constituencies.’
      • ‘These local leaders also need a constituency that will support their efforts to take new steps to encourage that viability.’
      • ‘Five contenders for the rural constituency were asked their opinion on a decision to shelve flood defence plans for Pickering.’
      • ‘In fact, to read through most rap lyrics is to wonder which adults or political constituencies wouldn't take offense.’
      • ‘The network will also take a look at constituencies with key Asian interests across the country.’
      • ‘There is no constituency for protectionism, all the big firms want to go offshore because the labor savings are large.’
      • ‘Encouraged by the economic difficulties of the 1920s, the party system began to fragment as political groups sought to represent the particular interests of their constituencies.’
      • ‘The concrete situation is in any case one where there are a number of different united fronts, each with its own distinct political constituencies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They rather spend more time on their personal business and respective interests in the constituency from where they hail.’
      • ‘With guns at least, there obviously is a very real constituency for anti-gun-control activism.’
      • ‘It was designed to appeal to an urban, affluent constituency.’

Pronunciation

constituency

/kənˈstɪtʃuənsi//kənˈstiCHo͞oənsē/