constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnəl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl, -ˈtyü- \

Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, inherent in, or affecting the constitution of body or mind
2 : of, relating to, or entering into the fundamental makeup of something : essential
3 : being in accordance with or authorized by the constitution of a state or society a constitutional government
4 : regulated by or ruling according to a constitution a constitutional monarchy
5 : of or relating to a constitution a constitutional crisis
6 : loyal to or supporting an established constitution or form of government

constitutional

noun

Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken for one's health

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Examples of constitutional in a Sentence

Adjective the constitutional guarantee of free speech a constitutional right to vote Constitutional symptoms of the disease include headache and fever. He has a constitutional dislike of controversy. Noun She's gone out for her morning constitutional. went for my evening constitutional in the park
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective By 2019, only five months before Chávez and Cobo fled, thousands of activists blocked major roads to demand justice for indigenous communities, as the nation sat on the verge of a constitutional crisis. BostonGlobe.com, "Fleeing death in Guatemala, two Ixil Maya activists hope to continue their defense of indigenous rights from the US — if they can stay," 1 May 2021 The hearing comes four years after Baltimore first entered into a consent decree after a Justice Department investigation found city officers routinely violated residents’ constitutional rights. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Aspects of the national ‘defund the police’ movement can fit into Baltimore’s consent decree reforms, federal judge says," 30 Apr. 2021 White farmers aren't eligible, amounting to a violation of the plaintiffs' constitutional rights, the lawsuit contends. Todd Richmond, The Enquirer, "White farmers sue seeking government loan forgiveness," 30 Apr. 2021 At a news conference outside the FBI field office in Brooklyn Center on May 28, 2020, former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said the probe would determine whether the former officers deprived Floyd of his constitutional rights. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Derek Chauvin conviction: DOJ reportedly had 'secret' plan to arrest ex-cop if acquitted," 29 Apr. 2021 White farmers aren't eligible, amounting to a violation of the plaintiffs' constitutional rights, the lawsuit contends. CBS News, "White farmers seeking loan forgiveness sue U.S. government over racial bias," 29 Apr. 2021 The document claimed the officers violated Tyree’s constitutional rights. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County settles jail lawsuit for $170,000 with former inmate," 27 Apr. 2021 In a shift, the settlement does not admit a violation of Brown's constitutional rights but rather issues an apology. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Common Council committee approves $750,000 proposed settlement in Sterling Brown case," 27 Apr. 2021 His infatuation with a commoner precipitated a constitutional crisis and his abdication. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A ‘Chicago street-corner boy’ finds himself saddened by an English prince’s funeral," 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Supreme Court justices take two oaths, one judicial, and the other constitutional. Joanne M. Pierce, The Conversation, "The history of oath ceremonies and why they matter when taking office," 19 Oct. 2020 Now more are on the streets, taking morning constitutionals, pushing strollers or riding bicycles wearing yellow kitchen gloves. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Rome Has Been Sacked, Conquered and Abandoned. Now It’s the Pandemic’s Turn.," 1 May 2020 If your mom loves to listen to music during her daily constitutionals, but is running out of her cache of CDs, a Spotify subscription will be a revelation. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "14 Mother’s Day gifts for moms who don’t want more stuff," 17 Apr. 2020 But the Rabbit kept going, disappearing into the mist long before Herr Doktor finished his constitutionals. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Unwritten Rules of Sportsmanship," 15 May 2018 Among the dissenting Islamist movements is the Saadet Party, a movement made up of ultraconservatives that in some ways is the intellectual predecessor to the AKP, but whose leadership actively campaigned against the April constitutional changes. Umar Farooq, latimes.com, "Erdogan's authoritarian style and pragmatic foreign policy turn some Turkish Islamists against him," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of constitutional

Adjective

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Constitutional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constitutional. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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constitutional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the system of beliefs and laws that govern a country : of or relating to a constitution
: allowed by a country's constitution
: of or relating to the health and strength of a person's body

constitutional

noun

English Language Learners Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

old-fashioned : a brief walk that you take to improve your health

constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌkän-stə-ˈtü-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of constitutional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having to do with a person's physical or mental makeup
2 : relating to or in agreement with a constitution (as of a nation) constitutional rights

constitutional

noun

Kids Definition of constitutional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a walk taken to maintain health

constitutional

noun
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ -shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce constitutional (audio) \

Medical Definition of constitutional

: a walk taken for one's health

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constitutional

adjective
con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al

Legal Definition of constitutional

1 : consistent with or authorized by the constitution of a state or society constitutional rights
2 : regulated by, dependent on, or ruling according to a constitution a constitutional monarchy
3 : of, relating to, or dealing with a constitution or its interpretation, formulation, or amendment a constitutional convention constitutional lawyers

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constitutionally adverb

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