constitutional

adjective
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

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

What kind of constitutional right can be taken away from you by a mob without the federal government having any power to intervene against that? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Buried Promise of the Reconstruction Amendments," 9 Sep. 2019 Jim has spent the last 50 years protecting our constitutional rights, ensuring the U.S. led the way in science and space, and fighting tirelessly for conservative principles. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner won't run for re-election in 2020 after more than 40 years in Congress," 4 Sep. 2019 Specifically, the judge invited briefing on the issue of whether compelling arbitration over Leaving Neverland would infringe HBO's constitutional rights. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Could the Bizarre Legal Fight Over HBO's Michael Jackson Doc Wind Up at the Supreme Court?," 30 Aug. 2019 In 2009, the Nuu-chah-nulth, a collection of 15 First Nations including the Tseshaht, won a case before the British Columbia Supreme Court that acknowledged their constitutional right to fish in their territory. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clam," 27 Aug. 2019 Britain’s unwritten political order, as the writer George Orwell noted, has always cherished eccentricity; in many other democracies, a formal, constitutional right to free speech reflects long struggles against authoritarianism and theocracy. The Economist, "Blasphemy laws are quietly vanishing in liberal democracies," 25 Aug. 2019 Several county jail systems, including Fresno’s, were already under court orders for violating the constitutional rights of people in their cells. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Year After an Inmate Was Choked to Death in Jail, a Murder Charge but Few Details," 19 Aug. 2019 A week later, a group of bikini baristas and the owner of Hillbilly Hotties filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that the crackdown violated their constitutional right to free expression and their right to privacy. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "No new bottom line in Everett’s bikini barista brouhaha," 19 Aug. 2019 Lawyer Kevin Ferry of New Britain argued that Lenarz’s constitutional rights were violated after police and prosecutors read documents protected by attorney-client privilege that were on Lenarz’s computer. David Owens, courant.com, "Judge rules prosecution of Burlington woman accused of killing her husband, a UConn medical school professor, can proceed," 16 Aug. 2019

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)

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

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constitutionally adverb

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