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

Four of the party’s six endorsed candidates for constitutional office are white. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Ganim Hopes Women On Ballot Next To Him Will Boost His Chances On Primary Day," 9 July 2018 So don’t be surprised if red-state Democrats who lack a robust lead in their own races decide their bosses the people admire Brett Kavanaugh’s approach to constitutional law too much to turn him away. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Manchin, Donnelly Begin to Lay Groundwork for Voting to Confirm Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The decision was a victory for proponents of reforming constitutional law for the digital age, including Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was part of the majority. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "SCOTUS and Congress Leave the Right to Privacy Up for Grabs," 3 July 2018 His departure leaves the future of U.S. constitutional law entirely up for grabs. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, Trump's lasting power is amplified," 27 June 2018 Yet whether the governor has the constitutional authority to appoint a lieutenant governor remains an open question. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Gov. Parson picks his replacement as lieutenant governor, reopening a legal debate," 18 June 2018 Sekulow has a background in constitutional law and experience arguing cases before the Supreme Court. Fortune, "'His Client Is a Circus Master and Rudy Is Dancing.' Mueller's Investigating Team Don't Take Giuliani Seriously," 8 June 2018 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

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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