constituency

noun
1 (esp. BrE) district that elects a political representative
ADJECTIVE
important, key
home (AmE), local
marginal (BrE)

The Tories are concentrating their campaign in the key marginal constituencies.

target
electoral, parliamentary (BrE), senatorial (AmE)
inner-city, urban
suburban
county, rural
VERB + CONSTITUENCY
represent

He represents a constituency in the north of England.

CONSTITUENCY + NOUN
boundaries
MP (BrE)
PREPOSITION
in a/the constituency

the people in this constituency

2 group in society
ADJECTIVE
broad, wider
core, key, natural, traditional

These people are the party's natural constituency.

important, powerful (esp. AmE)
domestic, political, religious (esp. AmE)
Democratic, Republican, etc. (AmE)

African-American voters are a key Democratic constituency.

VERB + CONSTITUENCY
appeal to, represent

The party needs to appeal to a broader constituency.

build, create (both esp. AmE)
alienate (esp. AmE)

This position risks alienating an important constituency.

PREPOSITION
in a/the constituency

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • constituency — con·stit·u·en·cy /kən sti chə wən sē/ n pl cies 1: a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative (as to a legislative or executive office) 2: the residents in an electoral district 3: an electoral district Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …   Law dictionary

  • Constituency — Con*stit u*en*cy (k[o^]n*st[ict]t [ u]*[ e]n*s[y^]), n.; pl. {Constituencies} (k[o^]n*st[ict]t [ u]*[ e]n*s[i^]z). A body of constituents, as the body of citizens or voters in a representative district. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • constituency — body of constituents, 1806, from CONSTITUENT (Cf. constituent) + CY (Cf. cy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • constituency — [n] voting public balloters, body of voters, body politic, citizenry, city, county, district, electorate, electors, faction, nation, people, precinct, state, system, voters, voting area, ward; concept 379 …   New thesaurus

  • constituency — ► NOUN (pl. constituencies) 1) a body of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body. 2) chiefly Brit. the area represented in this way …   English terms dictionary

  • constituency — [kən stich′o͞o ən sē] n. pl. constituencies [< CONSTITUENT + CY] 1. all the people, esp. voters, served by a particular elected official, esp. a legislator 2. the district of such a group of voters, etc. 3. a group of clients, supporters, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Constituency — A constituency is any cohesive corporate unit or body bound by shared structures, goals or loyalty. It can be used to describe a business s customer base and shareholders, or a charity s donors or those it serves. The most common meaning of… …   Wikipedia

  • constituency — con|sti|tu|en|cy W3 [kənˈstıtʃuənsi] n plural constituencies 1.) BrE an area of a country that elects a representative to a parliament ▪ a rural constituency ▪ constituency boundaries ▪ He represents the Essex constituency of Epping Forest. 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • constituency — [[t]kənstɪ̱tʃuənsi[/t]] constituencies 1) N COUNT A constituency is an area for which someone is elected as the representative in a parliament or government. 2) N COUNT: usu with supp A particular constituency is a section of society that may… …   English dictionary

  • constituency — noun (plural cies) Date: 1831 1. a. a body of citizens entitled to elect a representative (as to a legislative or executive position) b. the residents in an electoral district c. an electoral district 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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