Definition of constitutive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkənˈstɪtjutɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnstɪtuːtɪv//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈkɒnstɪtjuːtɪv//
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  1. 1(formal) constitutive (of something) forming a part, often an essential part, of something Memory is constitutive of identity. Poverty is a constitutive element of a particular form of economic growth.
  2. 2Having the power to establish or give organized existence to something Democracy depends on the rule of law for its constitutive procedures.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from late Latin constitutivus, from constitut- ‘established’, from the verb constituere, from con- ‘together’ + statuere ‘set up’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: constitutive