constitutionally

adverb
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​ly | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnə-lē How to pronounce constitutionally (audio) , -ˈtyü-, -shə-nə-lē \

Definition of constitutionally

1a : in accordance with one's constitution constitutionally unable to grasp subtleties
b : in structure, composition, or constitution despite repeated heatings the material remained constitutionally the same
2 : in accordance with a political constitution was not constitutionally eligible to fill the office

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Examples of constitutionally in a Sentence

I'm afraid that I'm constitutionally incapable of carrying a tune.
Recent Examples on the Web Such a move would also be legally and constitutionally flawed. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Is (Probably) Not a Coup D’Etat," 12 Nov. 2020 The following January, in an interview with Look, the two men—constitutionally protected from a second trial on the same charge—admitted to the crime. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Night Terrors," 3 Nov. 2020 County health officials have begun to crack down on the illicit assemblies, which churches say are constitutionally protected. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "‘Imminent risk of a super-spreader’: Santa Clara DA sues San Jose church, alleging health order violations," 30 Oct. 2020 Edwards also argues he is constitutionally required to keep the order in place as long as the emergency exists. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana governor announces lawsuit to protect emergency order, veto two GOP-backed bills," 27 Oct. 2020 The 2-1 ruling from the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a 2018 district court ruling that found the law, first passed in 1998, violated constitutionally protect due process right. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, "Appeals court upholds Kentucky abortion restrictions," 17 Oct. 2020 Instead, all the court can do, constitutionally speaking, is get out of the way. Ryan D. Doerfler, The New Republic, "Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy," 13 Oct. 2020 In the swirls of disinformation that now pollute our political discourse, one is particularly dangerous: that private militias are constitutionally protected. Mary B. Mccord, Star Tribune, "Plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shows the danger of private militias," 12 Oct. 2020 Thankfully, the corpus is constitutionally protected and cannot be spent on government without a vote of the people. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska House District 23 — Chris Tuck," 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of constitutionally

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Constitutionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutionally. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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