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’
    • ‘On our behalf, they spoke to 400 voters across the constituency.’
    • ‘Some 3,3 million voters registered go to the polls in 31 constituencies to elect senators for a re-introduced upper house.’
    • ‘They neither need nor want to seek sympathy from the ‘majority’ of voters in the constituency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a new two-tier voting system, 400 members of the House of Representatives will be elected directly by voters in 400 constituencies nationwide.’
    • ‘The bulk of the new voters voted Yes, with the result that 66 per cent of voters in the constituency backed the referendum.’
    • ‘Politicians at those senior levels - even if they have been elected in city constituencies - have barely responded to these complaints.’
    • ‘It is much easier for minor or new parties to gain votes in parliamentary systems, where voters elect individual members in constituencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 80 percent of the voters in the constituency are landless peasants or poor farmers.’
    • ‘He continues to express a long-felt pride and affection for his constituency and voters.’
    • ‘Members of Parliament are elected from 650 single-member constituencies in plurality (first-past-the-post) elections.’
    • ‘Upper House members are elected from national and local constituencies; Lower House member are elected from local constituencies.’
    • ‘Voters in marginal constituencies want their channels.’
    • ‘To get elected in her constituency, she promised jobs to everyone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only did these relate to the realignment of counties within constituencies but also details on the transfer of voters between adjoining 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.’
      • ‘The Conservative Party plans to use marketing software to identify potential supporters in key constituencies then telephone them to try to win their votes.’
      • ‘This year the scheme will be extended to 200,000 people in 15 wards in the parliamentary constituencies of Brightside, Central and Hallam.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She thanked voters in the Bolton West constituency for the support they had shown for her campaign.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He owns the 250-bedroom Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, the heart of the minister's constituency.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A body of customers or supporters.
      ‘a constituency of racing fans’
      • ‘With guns at least, there obviously is a very real constituency for anti-gun-control activism.’
      • ‘A major Democratic constituency, the feminist left, expects a fight against any of his nominees.’
      • ‘The eclectic newspaper package offered every constituency something special.’
      • ‘If the newspaper is looking for a constituency to support it, we are here and waiting for you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, according to at least some pollsters, his support among that core constituency is slipping.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘These local leaders also need a constituency that will support their efforts to take new steps to encourage that viability.’
      • ‘There's no great Palestinian constituency for starting another one.’
      • ‘The African American constituency isn't going to fall for this nonsense.’
      • ‘There is no constituency for protectionism, all the big firms want to go offshore because the labor savings are large.’
      • ‘They faced little opposition because there were as yet no e-books, and thus no constituency of readers for them.’
      • ‘And when the time came to work on projects, his constituency readily supported many of his decisions.’
      • ‘It was designed to appeal to an urban, affluent constituency.’
      • ‘Our image as a low-key, behind-the-scenes supporter of a small, niche constituency is gone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We internet junkies, like the direct mail discussed in the article, are a very narrow constituency.’

Pronunciation:

constituency

/kənˈstiCHo͞oənsē/