constitutive

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adjective con·sti·tu·tive \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌtü-tiv, -ˌtyü-; kən-ˈsti-chə-tiv\

Definition of constitutive

  1. 1 :  having the power to enact or establish :  constructive

  2. 2 :  constituent, essential

  3. 3 :  relating to or dependent on constitution a constitutive property of all electrolytes

constitutively

adverb

Examples of constitutive in a Sentence

  1. the proposition that liberty and justice are constitutive elements of an enlightened society

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First Known Use of constitutive

1592


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constitutive

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adjective con·sti·tu·tive \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üt-iv, kən-ˈstich-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of constitutive

  1. 1a:  of, relating to, or being an enzyme or protein produced in relatively constant amounts in all cells of an organism without regard to cell environmental conditions (as the concentration of a substrate)—compare inducible ab:  controlling production of or coding genetic information for a constitutive enzyme or protein constitutive genes constitutive mutations

  2. 2:  being chromatin of a chromosomal region that is condensed into heterochromatin in all cells of an organism rather than just some

constitutively

adverb


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