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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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 Black people are constitutionally required to have a white friend under the penalty of being declared a reverse racist. Michael Harriot, The Root, "7 Rules for White People With Black Friends," 5 Apr. 2018 As part of its decision, Mr. Koski noted, the court said the state was not constitutionally required to compensate for societal and social problems, like poverty, that might affect how students do in school. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns Sweeping Education Ruling," 18 Jan. 2018 While the appeals court upheld the limits as constitutionally permissible under the Second Amendment, Judge Kavanaugh dissented. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Brett Kavanaugh on the Issues: Abortion, Guns, Climate and More," 10 July 2018 The commission would be tasked with making sure that federal agencies are all enforcing immigration laws humanely and constitutionally, documenting any ICE abuses and making a report of its recommendations to Congress. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "House Democrats introduce bill to abolish ICE, create 'humane' immigration system," 12 July 2018 In the 1950s and 1960s, many black Americans made their way through the court systems to constitutionally challenge racial discrimination. Preston Mitchum, The Root, "Brown v. Board of Education,," 17 May 2018 Voters would only grow more cynical if some Americans were allowed to abuse constitutionally protected civil liberties, and to lie to the Congress, the FBI, and the courts, while the less connected others go to jail for much less. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of constitutionally

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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