con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce constitutionality (audio) , -ˌtyü-\

Definition of constitutionality

: the quality or state of being constitutional especially : accordance with the provisions of a constitution questioned the constitutionality of the law

Examples of constitutionality in a Sentence

He questions the constitutionality of the proposed law.

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In the past year, district courts have made decisions on a wide array of policy areas including the ability for immigrants to seek asylum and, more recently, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 During the hearings that ultimately culminated in this historic win, the lawyers who represented over a dozen LGBTQ Indians questioned the constitutionality of the 2013 ruling, according to The Washington Post. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "India Decriminalized Same Sex Intercourse," 6 Sep. 2018 The state AGs and judges are exploiting the incomplete nature of the 2016 ruling, which was unanimous at 8-0 but ducked a clear ruling on the constitutionality of the ObamaCare mandate after Antonin Scalia died. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Little Sisters Back in Court," 18 Jan. 2019 In 1937, in a set of rulings, the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935., "This day in history," 24 May 2018 But a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that law has been working its way through the courts and will be heard Tuesday before the Illinois Supreme Court. Lisa Schencker,, "Illinois Supreme Court to weigh tax exemption for not-for-profit hospitals," 18 May 2018 But constitutionality is really the least of the administration’s concerns. Dara Lind, Vox, "The death penalty for drug dealers is a terrible idea. It’s also part of the White House’s new opioid strategy.," 19 Mar. 2018 The constitutionality of those fees is being evaluated on free-speech grounds. Matt Pearce,, "Oklahoma teachers set a strike date, April 2, as educator unrest spreads across U.S.," 9 Mar. 2018 In a rare move, the constitutionality of the country’s Electoral College process is being challenged in lawsuits filed Wednesday in four states, including Texas. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Legality of Electoral College process challenged in San Antonio, elsewhere," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of constitutionality

1787, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of constitutionality

: the state of being allowed by or in agreement with a constitution : the state of being constitutional


con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtyü- How to pronounce constitutionality (audio) \

Legal Definition of constitutionality

: the quality or state of being constitutional especially : conformity with the provisions of a constitution questioned the constitutionality of the income tax

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