constitutionally

adverb

con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​ly ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnə-lē How to pronounce constitutionally (audio)
-ˈtyü-,
-shə-nə-lē
1
a
: 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 This case went to the Supreme Court, which ruled in 1935 that Congress had acted constitutionally. Lauren Peller, ABC News, 11 July 2024 People who lose control of their substance use have long been deemed constitutionally weak-willed, doomed to a life of moral turpitude. Zachary Siegel, Scientific American, 9 July 2024 That said, the bulk of her opinion is quite clear that the laws cannot constitutionally be applied to core features like Facebook’s Newsfeed or YouTube’s homepage. Ian Millhiser, Vox, 1 July 2024 Absolute primogeniture — the right to rule regardless of gender — was not constitutionally adopted in Norway until 1990. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for constitutionally 

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of constitutionally was in 1742

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“Constitutionally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutionally. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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