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.
Recent Examples on the Web The tentative ruling upheld the constitutionality ofthe state Emergency Services Act, a 50-year-old state law that grants the governor widespread power to respond during a state of emergency such as a pandemic. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom rebuked by Sutter County court for use of executive power amid COVID-19 pandemic," 2 Nov. 2020 In 1978, Justice Brennan of the United States Supreme Court authored the opinion that upheld the constitutionality of the landmarks preservation law, saying that the landmarks law served a worthy public purpose. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Times Square, Grand Central and the Laws That Build the City," 24 Sep. 2020 Spell later filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the charges against him before the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately decided against hearing his case. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "NOPD urges people to not attend Christian rally planned for New Year's Eve at Jackson Square," 30 Dec. 2020 Court cases challenging the constitutionality of the 2018 law are ongoing, but none has been successful so far. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Canada set to raise carbon price considerably over next decade," 15 Dec. 2020 Late last month, a coalition of legislators, taxpayers, and small-business groups filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 208. Dan Quayle And Jon Kyl, WSJ, "The High-Tax End Run Around the Arizona Constitution," 11 Dec. 2020 In June 1956, a three-judge federal court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state and local laws that segregated the buses. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama businessman recalls church meeting that launched Montgomery bus boycott 65 years ago," 5 Dec. 2020 The case challenging the constitutionality of the ACA is before the U.S. Supreme Court for the third time. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "A blueprint for whoever wins the presidential election to fix America’s health care mess," 4 Nov. 2020 Obama's speeches were stuffed with swipes at the Trump administration, including for challenging the constitutionality of his signature healthcare law. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Obama, Lady Gaga, and John Legend take stage for Biden-Harris Election Day eve push," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of constitutionality

1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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