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imme'diate constit'uent

one of the usually two largest constituents of a construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner; of ate his dinner are ate and his dinner; etc. Abbr.: IC Cf. ultimate constituent.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

immediate annuityimmediately
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