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.

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Of these varied approaches to impeachment, there are none that can be said to be more constitutionally legitimate than the others. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Schrödinger’s Impeachment," 16 Sep. 2019 In part by using unilateral executive action to enact background checks that would be constitutionally suspect even if enacted by statute. David French, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Plans for Everything’ Consistently Violate the Law," 9 Sep. 2019 Scripturally and constitutionally, the function of government is to protect its citizens and to punish evildoers within the society. baltimoresun.com, "Letters: After-school soccer club a success; Howard needs a plastic bag ban; and more from readers," 17 July 2019 Congress is essentially arguing that the executive branch is stonewalling and getting in the way of their ability to conduct their constitutionally obligated oversight. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The House just voted to hold AG William Barr in contempt of Congress," 11 June 2019 The rest of the NL wild-card field is a sorry bunch, either melting under pressure (the Mets and Phillies) or constitutionally incapable of rising to the occasion. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Inconsistent Cubs Need Uninterrupted Success Soon to Avoid Disappointing Finish," 5 Sep. 2019 In a word, Congress, which is constitutionally mandated to regulate commerce with foreign countries and which could vote to end a national emergency. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Can Trump force U.S. companies out of China?," 26 Aug. 2019 Trump is constitutionally mandated to enforce what Congress enacted. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Trump mandated to enforce Endangered Species Act," 20 Aug. 2019 In July, state Attorney General Kevin Clarkson said in response to the ACLU filing that the governor’s constitutionally granted line-item veto power includes all appropriations bills, including those affecting the court system. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Governor repeats $335,000 veto from Alaska judiciary budget over court’s abortion rulings," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of constitutionally

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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