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

In April Egyptians approved constitutional amendments that allow Mr Sisi (now the president) to rule until 2030. The Economist, "Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s only democratic ruler, dies in court," 17 June 2019 The audit, the first in the commission’s 59-year history, recommended a raft of changes — from moving out of its expensive and over-sized offices in San Francisco to a constitutional amendment that would completely restructure the agency. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "California’s troubled judicial misconduct watchdog may miss key deadlines to improve," 13 June 2019 Legislators moved toward one potential solution Wednesday by overwhelmingly advancing a constitutional amendment, 147-48, that would impose an additional tax on people making $1 million or more. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker says the T is heading in the ‘right direction.’ To critics, that’s ‘a little bit baffling’," 12 June 2019 House Majority Leader Matt Ritter of Hartford said the best move may be to put the question to the voters by placing it on the ballot as a constitutional amendment that could be decided in 2020 or 2022. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Tolls, marijuana, sports betting: What happened with the major issues before the Connecticut legislature?," 9 June 2019 Lawmakers passed a constitutional amendment that will ask voters to change the state's constitution to allow for a progressive income tax that would impose higher taxes on higher wage earners. Dan Mccaleb, Daily Southtown, "McCaleb: Lawmakers 'hard work' pays off for them, not taxpayers," 7 June 2019 The best mechanism for reform would be a constitutional amendment. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court," 4 June 2019 As the paper further explained, Sir David Manning, who is the former British ambassador to the U.S., as well as a special adviser on constitutional and international affairs to both Prince Harry and Prince William, is spearheading the plan. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Might Be Moving to Africa," 21 Apr. 2019 After the regime ends, this path must continue with free and fair elections for a constitutional assembly. Reza Pahlavi, WSJ, "Iranians Want Our Country Back," 15 Aug. 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)

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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