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



Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken for one's health

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Assuming the majority opinion tracks with what was revealed in the leak, the nation's highest court will be eliminating a constitutional right that has stood for 49 years. Damon Linker, The Week, 13 May 2022 There is little doubt that the draft Supreme Court decision that would end the 50-year-old constitutional right to control a pregnancy has presented Democrats with a political opportunity in an otherwise bleak political landscape. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Yet this court has located such a constitutional right (for the unregistered handgun, at least). Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 And that is, for the present, the most immediate and devastating effect of Alito’s language: the taking away of what had been deemed a constitutional right, one that millions of Americans had come to rely upon for decades. Annette Gordon-reed, The New York Review of Books, 9 May 2022 Petitioners also asked the Court to overturn precedent establishing a constitutional right to previability abortions, the end results of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. Cara C. Heuser, Scientific American, 4 May 2022 Monday’s leak electrified the antiabortion movement, which has spent nearly half a century working to reverse the court’s 1973 decision that a woman has a constitutional right to end her pregnancy. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 Ware, 20, who has a 2-year-old daughter, alleged prosecutors violated her constitutional right barring unlawful searches and seizures. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 The 1973 decision upheld that women had a constitutional right to privacy that extended to their decision to continue with a pregnancy, up until the point that a fetus could viably survive outside of the womb. al, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Supreme Court justices take two oaths, one judicial, and the other constitutional. Joanne M. Pierce, The Conversation, 19 Oct. 2020 Now more are on the streets, taking morning constitutionals, pushing strollers or riding bicycles wearing yellow kitchen gloves. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 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, 17 Apr. 2020 But the Rabbit kept going, disappearing into the mist long before Herr Doktor finished his constitutionals. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 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,, 10 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of constitutional


1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for constitutional


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



Kids Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken to maintain health


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

Medical Definition of constitutional

: a walk taken for one's health



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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