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noun con·sti·tu·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü-\

Simple Definition of constitution

  • : the system of beliefs and laws by which a country, state, or organization is governed

  • : a document that describes this system

  • : the physical health and condition of a person or animal

Full Definition of constitution

  1. 1 :  an established law or custom :  ordinance

  2. 2 a :  the physical makeup of the individual especially with respect to the health, strength, and appearance of the body <a hearty constitution> b :  the structure, composition, physical makeup, or nature of something <the constitution of society>

  3. 3 :  the act of establishing, making, or setting up

  4. 4 :  the mode in which a state or society is organized; especially :  the manner in which sovereign power is distributed

  5. 5 a :  the basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or social group that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it b :  a written instrument embodying the rules of a political or social organization

con·sti·tu·tion·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of constitution

  1. The state's constitution has strict rules about what tax money can be used for.

  2. Members of the club have drafted a new constitution.

  3. The state's original constitution is on display at the museum.

  4. He has a robust constitution.

  5. Only animals with strong constitutions are able to survive the island's harsh winters.

  6. What is the molecular constitution of the chemical?

14th Century

First Known Use of constitution

14th century

Medical Dictionary


noun con·sti·tu·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shən\

Medical Definition of constitution

  1. 1:  the physical makeup of the individual comprising inherited qualities modified by environment

  2. 2:  the structure of a compound as determined by the kind, number, and arrangement of atoms in its molecule

  3. con·sti·tu·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

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