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AHD: Grammar. One of two or more elements into which a construction or compound may be divided by analysis, being either immediate, as He/ works on the railroad, or ultimate, as He/ work/s/ on/ the/ rail/road. [Latin c½nstitu¶ns, c½nstituent-, present participle of c½nstituere, to set up; see CONSTITUTE. N., from French, from Latin c½nstitu¶ns.]