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(n) a person who has the power to elect his representatives; a component of the whole. Origin: L con-, + statuere, to set up => 'one who sets up something' => 'one who sets up a democratic system' => 'one who sends his representatives to the legislature.' In a democracy, every politician has to keep his constituents happy if he wishes to be re-elected by them. Oxygen and Hydrogen are constituents of water.