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CONSTITUENT, adjective [Latin , to set. See Statue, Statute.] Setting; constituting; applied to parts of a thing that are essential to it. Hence, necessary or essential; elemental; forming, composing or making as an essential part.

Body, soul, and reason, are the three constituent parts of a man.

Oxygen and hydrogen are the constituent parts of water.


1. He or that which sets, fixes or forms; he or that which constitutes or composes.

Their first composure and origination requires a higher and nobler constituent than chance.

2. That which constitutes or composes, as a part, or an essential part.

The lymph in those glands is a necessary constituent of the aliment.

3. One who appoints or elects another to an office or employment.