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

Definition of unconstitutional

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

Other Words from unconstitutional

unconstitutionality \ ˌən-​ˌkän(t)-​stə-​ˌtü-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unconstitutional (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 Over the strenuous objection of the third judge, the two Trump judges ruled in the group’s favor, allowing the 2022 elections to proceed with a map so rigged that Ohio’s top judicial body had rejected it as unconstitutional. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2022 The districts are based on a set of maps rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court as unconstitutional for unfairly favoring Republicans. Carl Weiser, The Enquirer, 25 July 2022 Over the past decade, similar attempts to limit the recording of police activity have repeatedly been struck down as unconstitutional. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 8 July 2022 The Gun Owners’ Action League sent a letter to Baker and Healey on Tuesday requesting the guidance be rewritten, arguing the suitability standard, too, should be viewed as unconstitutional. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 Congress is, of course, powerless to revive a law that the Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional. New York Times, 2 July 2022 The North Carolina Supreme Court rejected the map as unconstitutional in February. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 The Ohio Supreme Court ultimately rejected four sets of maps approved by Republicans as unconstitutional, citing new anti-gerrymandering language voters overwhelmingly added to the Ohio constitution in 2015. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 17 June 2022 But in May, the Supreme Court struck that limit down as unconstitutional. Liz Ruskin, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2022 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unconstitutional


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


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 unconstitutional (audio) \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb


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