constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnəl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl, -ˈtyü- \

Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, inherent in, or affecting the constitution of body or mind
2 : of, relating to, or entering into the fundamental makeup of something : essential
3 : being in accordance with or authorized by the constitution of a state or society a constitutional government
4 : regulated by or ruling according to a constitution a constitutional monarchy
5 : of or relating to a constitution a constitutional crisis
6 : loyal to or supporting an established constitution or form of government

constitutional

noun

Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken for one's health

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Examples of constitutional in a Sentence

Adjective the constitutional guarantee of free speech a constitutional right to vote Constitutional symptoms of the disease include headache and fever. He has a constitutional dislike of controversy. Noun She's gone out for her morning constitutional. went for my evening constitutional in the park
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For the next two decades, Ifill applied her demanding expectations to teaching civil procedure and constitutional law while initiating a series of innovative law clinics. Melissa Harris Perry, Glamour, "Sherrilyn Ifill, Civil Rights Superhero," 13 Oct. 2020 The main constitutional issue is that military groups must be under the control of the federal or state governments, and private militias and paramilitary groups are not. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Paramilitaries? Terrorists? What should militia groups be called?," 10 Oct. 2020 Other constitutional law experts disagree that the measure is on weak ground, including Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "Newsom signs law mandating more diversity in California corporate boardrooms," 30 Sep. 2020 Her writings in Kanter proves how much her approach to constitutional law resembles his. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Amy Coney Barrett Wants to Expand Gun Rights for Felons, But Not Voting Rights," 26 Sep. 2020 Her expertise was in federal courts, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Who is Amy Coney Barrett, Trump's pick for the Supreme Court?," 26 Sep. 2020 Five Americans are on the board, including former federal judge Michael McConnell and constitutional law expert Jamal Greene. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook critics launch independent oversight board to monitor handling of the election," 25 Sep. 2020 At last the opportunity arises to enshrine in the sacred text of constitutional law one’s own ideological commitments. Stephen L. Carter Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Let's pause to appreciate Ginsburg before we fight over her replacement," 21 Sep. 2020 The rift between constitutional law and the Constitution has done great damage to our political culture. The Editors, National Review, "Replacing Ginsburg," 20 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now more are on the streets, taking morning constitutionals, pushing strollers or riding bicycles wearing yellow kitchen gloves. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Rome Has Been Sacked, Conquered and Abandoned. Now It’s the Pandemic’s Turn.," 1 May 2020 If your mom loves to listen to music during her daily constitutionals, but is running out of her cache of CDs, a Spotify subscription will be a revelation. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "14 Mother’s Day gifts for moms who don’t want more stuff," 17 Apr. 2020 But the Rabbit kept going, disappearing into the mist long before Herr Doktor finished his constitutionals. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Unwritten Rules of Sportsmanship," 15 May 2018 Among the dissenting Islamist movements is the Saadet Party, a movement made up of ultraconservatives that in some ways is the intellectual predecessor to the AKP, but whose leadership actively campaigned against the April constitutional changes. Umar Farooq, latimes.com, "Erdogan's authoritarian style and pragmatic foreign policy turn some Turkish Islamists against him," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of constitutional

Adjective

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutional. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for constitutional

constitutional

adjective
How to pronounce constitutional (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the system of beliefs and laws that govern a country : of or relating to a constitution
: allowed by a country's constitution
: of or relating to the health and strength of a person's body

constitutional

noun

English Language Learners Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

old-fashioned : a brief walk that you take to improve your health

constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌkän-stə-ˈtü-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having to do with a person's physical or mental makeup
2 : relating to or in agreement with a constitution (as of a nation) constitutional rights

constitutional

noun

Kids Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken to maintain health

constitutional

noun
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) \

Medical Definition of constitutional

: a walk taken for one's health

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constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al

Legal Definition of constitutional

1 : consistent with or authorized by the constitution of a state or society constitutional rights
2 : regulated by, dependent on, or ruling according to a constitution a constitutional monarchy
3 : of, relating to, or dealing with a constitution or its interpretation, formulation, or amendment a constitutional convention constitutional lawyers

Other Words from constitutional

constitutionally adverb

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