con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​ism | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-sh(ə-)nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce constitutionalism (audio) , -tyü- \

Definition of constitutionalism

: adherence to or government according to constitutional principles also : a constitutional system of government

Other Words from constitutionalism

constitutionalist \ ˌkän(t)-​stə-​ˈtü-​sh(ə-​)nə-​list How to pronounce constitutionalism (audio) , -​tyü-​ \ noun

Examples of constitutionalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tocqueville believed the Americans had headed off this trajectory with their localism, their culture of rights, and their constitutionalism. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 In other words, American constitutionalism emerged in a decidedly anti-relativist philosophical context. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 6 Feb. 2022 The first and perhaps foremost reason for the Founding’s ongoing centrality for American conservatism is that the Founding represents a type of apotheosis of Western constitutionalism. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 6 Feb. 2022 Because originalism and common-good constitutionalism, despite their differences, remain two sides of the same coin demarcated in a medieval currency that post-Reformation consensus liberals have never previously learned to trade. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 Reclaiming the public schools will require a sustained movement akin to the modern pro-life movement or the effort to supplant living-constitutionalism with originalism. Anthony Kinnett, National Review, 20 Sep. 2021 Our own view was that the Republicans’ point about acting in an election year was secondary to the imperative to advance constitutionalism on the Court. The Editors, National Review, 20 Sep. 2020 As a central pillar to American history and constitutionalism for 244 years, IP converges tradition and progress to enrich the lives of citizens and society. Lorenzo Montanari, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Sajo is an expert in comparative constitutionalism and was involved in the drafting of the Ukrainian, Georgian and South African constitutions. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 5 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of constitutionalism

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutionalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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