constitutionality

noun

con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce constitutionality (audio)
-ˌtyü-
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Immigration lawyer Virginia Raymond, right, greets Denise Gilman, of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School, at a news conference before a court hearing about the constitutionality of Senate Bill 4 at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 16 Feb. 2024 After a legal battle over the constitutionality of the capital gains tax that saw the Washington Supreme Court ultimately rule in favor, the state started collecting last year. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 This week, a group of Nevada teachers sued the state and its governor, Joe Lombardo, challenging the constitutionality of a law passed last year to financially assist the A’s in building a stadium. Jenny Vrentas, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Republicans and other opponents have questioned the constitutionality of the measure that would impact the sale of new models of the popular AR-15. Sarah Rankin, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 Sauer appeared before the D.C. Circuit to argue the gag order in Trump’s Jan. 6 case; Pearce argued for the constitutionality of one of the four charges Trump faces. Rachel weiner, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2024 Months later, the validity of one of the more serious felony charges filed against numerous defendants — obstruction of an official proceeding — was thrown into doubt as the Supreme Court agreed to consider its constitutionality. Robert Legare, CBS News, 5 Jan. 2024 More to the point, the 5th Circuit has implicitly endorsed the practice of challenging regulations by taking aim at the constitutionality of regulatory agencies. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Spreading Attacks Attacks on the NLRB’s constitutionality are likely to become more widespread, because the rightward shift of the federal judiciary makes such arguments more viable, said Catherine Fisk, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Josh Eidelson, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'constitutionality.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of constitutionality was in 1787

Dictionary Entries Near constitutionality

Cite this Entry

“Constitutionality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutionality. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

constitutionality

noun
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌt(y)ü-shə-ˈnal-ət-ē How to pronounce constitutionality (audio)
: the quality or state of being in agreement with a constitution

Legal Definition

constitutionality

noun
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​ty ˌkän-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtyü- How to pronounce constitutionality (audio)
: the quality or state of being constitutional
especially : conformity with the provisions of a constitution
questioned the constitutionality of the income tax

More from Merriam-Webster on constitutionality

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!