constitutional

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

Definition of constitutional

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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 Fighting erupted again after the constitutional court rejected Bozize's candidacy for December's presidential election. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, "Alleged Central African Republic rebels plead not guilty," 16 Feb. 2021 His supporters continued to be extremely loyal to him, though—so much so that by the time Argentina’s constitutional democracy was restored nearly two decades later, Perón won reelection by a landslide. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "What’s Next for Trumpism?," 16 Feb. 2021 The Senate, in an earlier vote, had deemed the trial constitutional. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Pelosi announces 9/11-style commission to examine Jan. 6 Capitol riot," 15 Feb. 2021 The Senate claiming that jurisdiction contradicts the intent of the Framers to the detriment of our constitutional order. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s Republican senators split over whether to convict Trump in impeachment vote," 14 Feb. 2021 After voting to acquit Trump on dubious constitutional grounds, McConnell then delivered a searing Senate speech. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Botched Democratic Effort to Convict Donald Trump," 13 Feb. 2021 In a previous vote before the trial started, Cassidy had joined the bulk of Republicans in a vote raising objections to proceeding with the trial on constitutional grounds. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Bill Cassidy: Impeachment managers raised 'intriguing' questions Trump team must answer," 12 Feb. 2021 The commission develops and implements standards for a fair and constitutional public defense system. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer's budget proposal to include $92.4M toward criminal justice reforms," 11 Feb. 2021 The day's proceedings unfolded after Tuesday's emotional start that left the f ormer president fuming when his attorneys delivered a meandering defense and failed to halt the trial on constitutional grounds. Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker, Chron, "Chilling Trump trial video: Police beg help, senators flee," 10 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Supreme Court justices take two oaths, one judicial, and the other constitutional. Joanne M. Pierce, The Conversation, "The history of oath ceremonies and why they matter when taking office," 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, "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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The first known use of constitutional was in 1682

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“Constitutional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutional. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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)

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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