n. pl. con·stit·u·en·cies
a. The body of voters or the residents of a district represented by an elected legislator or official.
b. The district so represented.
a. A group of supporters or patrons.
b. A group served by an organization or institution; a clientele: The magazine changed its format to appeal to a broader constituency.
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