constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnəl, -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

Ultimately, when there’s unaccountable power in the United States, there’s a constitutional revulsion. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 The Supreme Court has long recognized that two particularly useful sources in understanding constitutional terms are British common law and enactments of the First Congress. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Could Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Child Be a US President and In Line For the Throne?," 15 Oct. 2018 Congress and President Trump should use all of their constitutional powers to overrule this federal judge’s lawless interpretation of the law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Judicial Keystone Kop," 13 Nov. 2018 Basically, voter suppression tactics prevent people from exercising their constitutional right to help choose our leaders and policies. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterms," 29 Oct. 2018 The only thing this amendment would literally do, if passed, is add a line to North Carolina’s constitution that declares hunting and fishing a state constitutional right. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Environmental Measures on the 2018 Midterm Election Ballots You Should Know About," 18 Oct. 2018 In its suit, Airbnb says the law violates its users’ privacy and constitutional rights. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Airbnb is suing New York City so it won’t have to share user data about its hosts," 24 Aug. 2018 Few constitutional powers lie so wholly at the whims of the president as the power to pardon. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "Pardon Seekers Have a New Strategy in the Trump Era: ‘It’s Who You Know’," 12 July 2018 But until the billionaires and the feds take it from you, feeling the sand between your toes remains your constitutional right. SFChronicle.com, "5 hidden beaches around Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

adjective

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)

: a brief walk that you take to improve your health

constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ˌkän-stə-ˈtü-shə-nᵊl, -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 \

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

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