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.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to weighing the constitutionality of the subpoenas from Vance, the high court also considered the subpoenas from House Democrats for several years of Mr. Trump's financial records. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court rules Manhattan prosecutor can access Trump financial records," 9 July 2020 Cases challenging the constitutionality of the agency have been weaving their way through the lower courts in the past few years. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court gives president power to fire head of financial watchdog agency created by Elizabeth Warren," 29 June 2020 But to answer that, the court also may have to weigh in on the constitutionality of the 2017 legislative change. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Supreme Court to decide if state must identify suppliers of death penalty drugs," 8 July 2020 Since its passage in 2004, the constitutionality of the law has been a topic of debate among those in heroin treatment circles, including some who are tasked with enforcing the law. Sarah Haselhorst, The Enquirer, "Kentucky's Casey's Law, involuntary treatment for the addicted, is challenged as unconstitutional," 1 July 2020 But the majority on constitutionality jettisons a measure Congress and the President viewed as integral to the way the agency should operate. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Elena Kagan’s Fiery Defense of the Administrative State," 2 July 2020 In the Kentucky case, the complainant is challenging the law's constitutionality on three grounds: violation of due process, equal protection and First Amendment rights. Sarah Haselhorst, The Enquirer, "Kentucky's Casey's Law, involuntary treatment for the addicted, is challenged as unconstitutional," 1 July 2020 The bill Reynolds signed is slated to take effect on Wednesday, but Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit asking a judge to halt it until the court can review the constitutionality of the legislation. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Iowa governor signs bill requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion," 30 June 2020 The Supreme Court originally upheld the constitutionality of independent agencies in 1935, but critics contended that precedent only protects those with multiple commissioners or board members, not single directors. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court strikes down consumer agency's autonomy in win for Trump administration," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of constitutionality

1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutionality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutionality. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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