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.
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.
but could not call forth the ultimate constituents of matter by virtue