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

Uresti has a constitutional right to counsel, but not the lawyer of his own choice, Bemporad added, citing established law. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Judge refuses to appoint Uresti’s lawyer of choice for appeal," 12 July 2018 But the constitutional questions that Kavanaugh would help resolve on the Court are so well-rehearsed that there will be a ritualistic quality to the debate that lends itself to a simple partisan outcome. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Confirmation Is in the GOP’s Hands," 10 July 2018 There were no peace commissions or reconciliation efforts, nor has there been an enduring answer to the constitutional question. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 In a letter to Chief Mina late last month, a band of 11 civil rights groups said the use of the software to monitor public spaces threatens constitutional protections and may be used to unfairly target minorities, immigrants or protesters. Allie Raffa, Fox News, "Controversial Amazon surveillance program gets second chance in Orlando," 12 July 2018 The result was section 1 of the 14th Amendment, ratified in July 1868 and guaranteeing to black Americans — and all people born or naturalized in the United States — the constitutional protection against removal. Martha S. Jones, Time, "How the 14th Amendment's Promise of Birthright Citizenship Redefined America," 9 July 2018 His ruling was based entirely on constitutional protections granted by Roe v. Wade. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Ending Roe v. Wade wouldn't end abortion in America. This is what happens next.," 9 July 2018 The law also requires centers that do not have a state medical license to disclose that fact, which the court also ruled was likely a violation of their constitutional protections. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Supreme Court sides with anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers” in First Amendment case," 26 June 2018 For Chief Justice Roberts, safeguarding constitutional protections as technology advances has been a signature issue. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Police Need Warrant for Cellphone Location Data, Supreme Court Rules," 22 June 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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