constitutionally

adverb
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​ly | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnə-lē, -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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Trump seems constitutionally incapable of taking anything Mueller finds seriously. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Donald Trump is not delusional," 16 July 2018 All too many Democrats seem constitutionally incapable of mounting a proportionate response to the day’s news. David French, National Review, "The Democratic Lead Is Shrinking," 9 Feb. 2018 The county is constitutionally mandated to provide an attorney for alleged offenders who can’t afford to hire one. Jerzy Shedlock, The Seattle Times, "‘This is not OK’: Clark County Indigent Defense Office needs more attorneys for serious, time-consuming cases," 27 Nov. 2018 They are not constitutionally required in the Senate's role of advice and consent. Doug Mckelway, Fox News, "If Kavanaugh nomination fails, here's who could be next in line," 26 Sep. 2018 The activist group filed its own argument on the side of Defense Distributed, advocating that even digital files that can be used to manufacture firearms are constitutionally protected. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "3D-printed gun activists set to face numerous US states in court," 21 Aug. 2018 That work eventually saved hundreds of men from constitutionally and legally flawed executions. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?," 23 Apr. 2018 Just last month, the court ruled 5-4 – with retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority – that Trump acted legally and constitutionally in banning travelers from five predominantly Muslim nations. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on executive power may stir controversy," 12 July 2018 Can the government constitutionally require people to buy health-care coverage? Washington Post, "The Health 202: Three reasons Obamacare might not get another big SCOTUS moment," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of constitutionally

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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