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

Pronunciation

constituency

/kənˈstɪtʃuənsi//kənˈstiCHo͞oənsē/