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A meaningful constituent, such as a word, that enters directly into the formation of a linguistic construction, such as a phrase.
(Linguistics) a constituent of a linguistic construction at the first step in an analysis; for example, the immediate constituents of a sentence are the subject and the predicate
one of the usu. two largest constituents of a linguistic construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner. Compare ultimate constituent.