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I am trying to find the correct opposite of a delegate in the context of a person being a representative of someone else that have allowed or chosen them to be their delegate.
What would you call that "someone else?"
The only word I could find is a delegator (which isn't a real word in English) or assigner, but they are technical words rather than descriptive.

Any other word I could use?

Think of it in a sentence like this:

Here is a list of all the delegates in the company.
But that is the list of their _ _ _ _ _ (what can go here?).

I am trying to avoid fillers such as: bosses, agents, managers, etc.

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"Delegator" is a word, but I suspect that it is exceedingly obscure legal jargon. I'm sorry, I really cannot think of a solution. I should think that it is usually not necessary to list the people in a company that have delegates, since having a delegate is not really a task or a job, so that is perhaps why there is no word. But that doesn't help you. May I ask what you need it for? With more context we have a wider scope to search for solutions. –  Cerberus Dec 31 '10 at 2:07
    
@Cerberus -- I am trying to make relational database of employees and their delegates, where I was stumped coming up with a name for one of the columns. It is always essential to come up with elegant, descriptive names for columns and tables in a database -- makes it easier for yourself and others at a later time. –  BeemerGuy Dec 31 '10 at 2:19
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Ah OK, it does make sense in that context. I will think about it - let's hope others more experienced will too. In fact, if you are using it in a database anyway, not in a formal report, why not blow some life into "delegator"? - unless someone comes up with a better term. –  Cerberus Dec 31 '10 at 2:21
    
Wiktionary has delegator en.wiktionary.org/wiki/delegator –  shinynewbike Dec 31 '10 at 10:55

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I think principal might work for you. It's used fairly frequently to describe the primary people involved in things and the following is listed as one of the (chiefly legal) definitions:

a person who authorizes another, as an agent, to represent him or her.

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In the context of elections, those who send a delegate are generally referred to as their constituents. That may be appropriate for this context.

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