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 U.S. court of appeals has ruled that Rowan County’s practice of opening commissioners’ meetings with prayer is unconstitutional.
Lopez, 26, had demanded a speedy trial earlier this year after Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes ruled that prosecutors could not legally seek the death penalty because the state's process for ordering executions had been ruled unconstitutional.
Courts ultimately ruled I-695 unconstitutional, but the Legislature got the message and enacted the change anyway.
Judge Kell denied Weaver’s motion to dismiss, saying his claim that Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act is unconstitutional is unfounded.
The ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Arkansas' restrictions are unconstitutional and place too much of a burden on women who want abortions.
The limited ban will remain in effect while the Supreme Court considers whether the ban is unconstitutional by targeting Muslims.
Moore’s attorneys argued that the flag was an unconstitutional relic of slavery.
A civil liberties group pledged a court challenge in Arkansas, saying the monument showed an unconstitutional government preference for a certain religion.
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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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