ultimate constituent

ultimate constituent

n
a constituent of something, such as a linguistic construction, that cannot be further subdivided in the terms of the analysis being undertaken. Compare immediate constituent

ul′timate constit′uent


n.
one of the elements of a linguistic construction, as a morpheme, that cannot be further divided into constituents. Compare immediate constituent.
[1930–35]
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As against this latter supposition, I contend that the ultimate constituents of matter are not atoms or electrons, but sensations, and other things similar to sensations as regards extent and duration.
Goldsmith's statement, though it may sound incredible and even preposterous, is consistent with the scientific discoveries of quantum mechanics or quantum physics, which studies the ultimate constituent of matter.
The other kind of ultimate constituent that a logical analysis of a proposition yields is a universal, which may be a quality or a relation.
Gell-Mann is most famous for developing the concept of and coining the word "quark" to describe the ultimate constituent particle of nuclear matter.
Quantum mechanics is that branch of physics that studies and investigates the ultimate constituent of matter beyond which one cannot go any further.
They should be able to provide evidence to confront observations with the numerous theoretical hypotheses that have been put forward concerning the dynamics, and the ultimate constituents, of dark matter.
That is, if one claims with Alfred North Whitehead that the ultimate constituents of a "society" (or, in my terminology, a system) are momentary self-constituting subjects of experience (actual entities), (14) and if the society or system itself slowly evolves in its governing structure or "common element of form" as a consequence of the interrelated activity of its constituent actual entities from moment to moment, (15) then one has in hand an understanding of the reciprocal relation between matter and spirit within the world of nature.
He moves to describe an ontology which is a mixture of moderate nominalism concerning qualities and realism concerning relations, in which moments and universal relations are the ultimate constituents of the universe.
And, both groups could pay more heed to consumer representatives because they are their ultimate constituents who will benefit from an end to the bickering.
They presume all entities in the universe will be understood once their ultimate constituents are understood.
If for humanists the ultimate constituents of the world don't include immaterial essences, souls, or spirits, then it might seem that spirituality is off limits.
The physically ultimate constituents of matter, subatomic particles, are simple, and have no properties that could serve as the grounding of their dispositions.

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