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immediate constituent

n.
A meaningful constituent, such as a word, that enters directly into the formation of a linguistic construction, such as a phrase.

immediate constituent

n
(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

imme′diate constit′uent


n.
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.
[1930–35]
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Noun1.immediate constituent - a constituent of a sentence at the first step in an analysis: e.g., subject and predicate
grammatical constituent, constituent - (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
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