constitutional

1 of 2

adjective

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

2 of 2

noun

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In theory, lawmakers still have time to put constitutional amendments and legislative referendums on the November ballot. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2024 As a constitutional conservative Republican, my commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparent governance aligns with the principles of managing school finances and taxpayer dollars effectively. Nick Sullivan, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2024
Noun
The working group stresses that federal courts have time and again ruled the 702 program constitutional—when its procedures are not skirted by negligent employees and willful violators for nefarious or self-serving means. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 And at that point, there was a monarchy, the dynasty at the time, and the constitutionals were looking to reform it and limit the monarch's power. Foreign Affairs, 24 May 2016 See all Example Sentences for constitutional 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of constitutional was in 1682

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Cite this Entry

“Constitutional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutional. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

constitutional

1 of 2 adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al ˈkän(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl How to pronounce constitutional (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
1
: of or relating to a person's physical or mental makeup
2
: of, relating to, or in agreement with a constitution
a constitutional amendment
constitutional rights
constitutionally
-shnə-lē
-shən-ᵊl-ē
adverb

constitutional

2 of 2 noun
: exercise (as a walk) taken for one's health

Medical Definition

constitutional

noun
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce constitutional (audio)
: a walk taken for one's health

Legal Definition

constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al
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
constitutionally adverb

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