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 Advocates of a comprehensive census count have also condemned Trump for issuing a memorandum last week that said undocumented immigrants should not be counted for congressional apportionment, which legal experts say would be unconstitutional. Ana Radelat, courant.com, "Hartford has the worst Census response rate in the nation, so Democrats are pushing to extend the deadline," 4 Aug. 2020 Last month, President Trump issued a memorandum saying undocumented immigrants should not be factored into congressional apportionment, which legal experts say would be unconstitutional. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Census Bureau says counting will end a month earlier than planned," 4 Aug. 2020 However, the court did not go as far to say the bond requirement was unconstitutional. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "What taxes and fees are legal in Arizona? Supreme Court gives new guidance," 3 Aug. 2020 The complaint, brought on behalf of five individuals by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, asked the court to rule that Mr. Trump’s practice of blocking users on his @realDonaldTrump account was unconstitutional. Deanna Paul, WSJ, "New Lawsuit Claims Trump Violates First Amendment by Blocking Critics on Twitter," 31 July 2020 As mayor in 1961, Hanes closed city parks in response to a federal order declaring the city’s segregation laws unconstitutional. al, "Birmingham firefighter asks why segregationist mayor has streets named for him," 30 July 2020 Political consultants and pollsters wanted the original law declared unconstitutional, while the government wanted both the ban and the government-debt exception upheld. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court upholds law banning cellphone robocalls," 7 July 2020 The Northern Kentucky landlords want Beshear's eviction moratorium to be declared unconstitutional and to be allowed to resume evictions, according to court documents. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "'Tenants have literally thumbed their nose.' NKY landlords sue Beshear to resume evictions paused by the COVID-19 pandemic," 7 July 2020 Medical care hardly functioned after the cuts, making jail conditions unconstitutional, said Stan Sniff Jr., who had taken over over as Riverside County sheriff in 2007 and served until 2018. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 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 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unconstitutional

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


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 unconstitutionality (audio) \ noun
unconstitutionally adverb

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