unconstitutional

adjective
un·​con·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ˌən-ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈtü-shnəl, -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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unconstitutionality \ ˌən-​ˌkän(t)-​stə-​ˌtü-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē , -​ˌtyü-​ \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb

Examples of unconstitutional in a Sentence

an unconstitutional infringement of rights The law may be unconstitutional.

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But other appeals courts had declared similar laws unconstitutional. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "The Supreme Court Just Ruled in Favor of Anti-Choice ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’," 26 June 2018 Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia declared the law unconstitutional last month, stating that it had been adopted illegally because lawmakers passed it during a special legislative session called to address other matters. NBC News, "Court reinstates doctor-assisted suicide in California," 16 June 2018 Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia declared the law unconstitutional last month, stating that it had been adopted illegally because lawmakers passed it during a special Legislative session called to address other matters. CBS News, "Court reinstates California law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives," 16 June 2018 But those policy consequences do not an unconstitutional law make. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "On Obamacare, the Department of Justice Is Standing Against the Rule of Law," 8 June 2018 By 1890, almost half of all Supreme Court decisions that ruled a state law unconstitutional were invalidated under the clause. James W. Ely Jr. And, WSJ, "The Supreme Court’s Chance to Rebuild a ‘Constitutional Bulwark’," 18 Mar. 2018 The Justice Department called the laws unconstitutional and asked a judge to block them. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Gov. Jerry Brown Doesn't Hold Back: "The Trump Administration Is Full of Liars"," 7 Mar. 2018 The Justice Department called the laws unconstitutional and asked a judge to block them. Katie Benner And Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws," 6 Mar. 2018 The chamber supports Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution, which claims that the ballot proposal to put more regular citizens in charge of redistricting would be unconstitutional and would make redistricting partisan. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Rochelle Riley: Death threats won't end gerrymandering in Michigan," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of unconstitutional

1734, in the meaning defined above

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unconstitutional

adjective

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, -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- \

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-​ \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb

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