constitutionality

noun
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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But even as the number of people who are sentenced to death and are executed has declined steadily for two decades, the justices have resisted any wholesale reconsideration of the constitutionality of capital punishment. Colleen Long, Twin Cities, "US government will execute inmates for first time since 2003," 26 July 2019 But even as the number of people who are sentenced to death and are executed has declined steadily for two decades, the justices have resisted any wholesale reconsideration of the constitutionality of capital punishment. Michael Balsamo And Colleen Long, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. to resume executions for first time since 2003, starting in December with 5 inmates," 25 July 2019 But even as the number of people who are sentenced to death and are executed has declined steadily for two decades, the justices have resisted any wholesale reconsideration of the constitutionality of capital punishment. Colleen Long, The Denver Post, "U.S. death penalty: Federal government will execute inmates for first time since 2003," 25 July 2019 Court appointment: The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments Oct. 23 on the constitutionality of the state’s takeover of Youngstown schools, according to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram’s Carissa Woytach. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Business tax exemption key hang-up in Ohio budget talks: Capitol Letter," 12 July 2019 An appeals court in New Orleans on Tuesday heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare. Katie Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge: Trump administration cannot require drug companies to disclose prices in TV ads," 9 July 2019 An appeals court in New Orleans on Tuesday is set to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Drug Companies to List Prices in TV Ads," 8 July 2019 In the Court’s view, the passage of time gives rise to a strong presumption of constitutionality, and removing it may be deemed religious hostility, not religious neutrality. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Give me that old time religion," 26 June 2019 The Supreme Court remains mum on the constitutionality of gun silencers. Editors, USA TODAY, "'An explosion like this' echoes 9/11," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of constitutionality

1787, in the meaning defined above

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constitutionality

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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

constitutionality

noun
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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