Definition of unconstitutional
: not according or consistent with the constitution of a body politic (such as a nation) an unconstitutional infringement on rights
unconstitutionalityplay \ˌən-ˌkän(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtyü-\ noun
Examples of unconstitutional in a Sentence
an unconstitutional infringement of rights
The law may be unconstitutional.
Recent Examples of unconstitutional from the Web
A civil liberties group pledged a court challenge in Arkansas, saying the monument showed an unconstitutional government preference for a certain religion.
Should PASPA be ruled unconstitutional, a number of other states could add sports wagering.
While the case is pending, the nation's high court has reinstated parts of the ban after lower courts declared it unconstitutional and struck it down.
Critics said that language demonstrated an unconstitutional bias toward Christian immigrants.
Count that as a missed opportunity for the Court to brush back burdensome regulations that often amount to unconstitutional takings.
The last major tax increase in Kentucky happened in 1990, and that passed only after the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the state public school system was unconstitutional.
The judge found the petition measure was unconstitutional.
Those of fiendish or mischievous mind will have an easier time registering trademarks after the Supreme Court on Monday decided to reject as unconstitutional a rule against disparaging ones.
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First Known Use of unconstitutional
UNCONSTITUTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unconstitutional for English Language Learners
: not allowed by the constitution of a country or government : not constitutional
UNCONSTITUTIONAL Defined for Kids
Definition of unconstitutional for Students
: not according to or agreeing with the constitution of a country or government
Legal Definition of unconstitutional
: contrary to or failing to comply with a constitution; especially : violative of a person's rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution an unconstitutional search and seizure
unconstitutionality\-ˌtü-shə-ˈna-lə-tē, -ˌtyü-\ play noun
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