unconstitutional

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

Definition of unconstitutional

: not according or consistent with the constitution of a body politic (such as a nation) an unconstitutional infringement on rights

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Other Words from unconstitutional

unconstitutionality \ ˌən-​ˌkän(t)-​stə-​ˌtü-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unconstitutionality (audio) , -​ˌtyü-​ \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb

Examples of unconstitutional in a Sentence

an unconstitutional infringement of rights The law may be unconstitutional.
Recent Examples on the Web Shirtcliff issued his opinion in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by 10 churches around Oregon that argued the state's social distancing directives were unconstitutional. CBS News, "Oregon coronavirus restrictions kept in place, for now," 19 May 2020 The lower court judge had issued his opinion in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by 10 churches around Oregon that argued the state’s social-distancing directives were unconstitutional. Time, "Oregon Supreme Court Overrules Judge’s Order Halting Coronavirus Restrictions," 19 May 2020 Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff issued his opinion in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by 10 churches around Oregon that argued the state’s social-distancing directives were unconstitutional. Andrew Selsky, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge rules that Oregon virus restrictions are invalid," 18 May 2020 Human rights groups argue the country is ignoring its Supreme Court ruling the centers are unconstitutional. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 17," 18 May 2020 This is why the Ohio Supreme Court in 1997 declared school funding here unconstitutional. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "What Asia can teach Ohio about reopening schools amid coronavirus," 17 May 2020 Attorney Joe Geldhof, representing a Juneau plaintiff, sued over that action, saying the full Legislature needed to approve it and anything less is unconstitutional. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Legislature prepares to reconvene, spurred by lawsuit over coronavirus relief money," 15 May 2020 Oregon’s decades-long practice of allowing split verdicts to convict felony defendants came to an end last month when the nation’s high court found such jury systems to be unconstitutional. oregonlive, "Hundreds of Oregon’s nonunanimous jury convictions should be reversed, state justice officials say," 14 May 2020 The groups have filed petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the waivers and diverted military funding for wall construction are unconstitutional. Erin Stone, azcentral, "As wall construction continues, conservation groups fear the fate of San Pedro River," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of unconstitutional

1734, in the meaning defined above

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“Unconstitutional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconstitutional. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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unconstitutional

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English Language Learners Definition of unconstitutional

: not allowed by the constitution of a country or government : not constitutional

unconstitutional

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

Kids Definition of unconstitutional

: not according to or agreeing with the constitution of a country or government

unconstitutional

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

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

Other Words from unconstitutional

unconstitutionality \ -​ˌtü-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē, -​ˌtyü-​ How to pronounce unconstitutionality (audio) \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb

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