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

Examples of constitutionally in a Sentence

I'm afraid that I'm constitutionally incapable of carrying a tune.
Recent Examples on the Web The case will show where constitutionally protected free speech stops and violent organizing begins in the era of social media. Elle Reeve, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 Robert Dunham, the director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said the most significant issue is that Smith does suffer from an intellectual disability and should be constitutionally protected from facing the death penalty. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 21 Oct. 2021 Smith was heartened, however, that the ruling the Supreme Court affirmed mentioned that Congress could legally grant voting rights to D.C., even though it is not constitutionally required to. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 That would buy them until at least Oct. 12, while a federal judge considers a legal challenge arguing that such exemptions are constitutionally required. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 But pension benefits are constitutionally protected, and the bill for these benefits will be due someday. Aaron Smith, National Review, 21 Sep. 2021 Again, as the coalition 1Sambayan notes, all this seems constitutionally questionable. William Pesek, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 But one justice said the law was constitutionally questionable and should be reconsidered in a future case. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Aug. 2021 Most of that money is constitutionally protected and cannot be spent, but about $9.3 billion is uncommitted and available. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of constitutionally

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of constitutionally was in 1742

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18 Nov 2021

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“Constitutionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutionally. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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